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PlantFiles: Carolina Cranesbill
Geranium carolinianum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: carolinianum (kair-oh-lin-ee-AN-um) (Info)

Synonym:Geranium carolinianum var. carolinianum

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Oct 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A common annual weed here. Not particularly attractive, flowers ornamentally insignificant.

This is not a ground cover.

Negative luciee On Mar 20, 2011, luciee from Hanceville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is invasive in my garden, just like morning glories.

Positive Amoena On Oct 12, 2010, Amoena from Nashville, TN wrote:

I'm not 100% sure this is the cranesbill that grows wild in my lawn and garden, but it looks very similar. However, the form I have produces vibrant magenta blooms, (they are very tiny.) The plant habit is rather lanky, (NOT short and bushy like garden cranesbill,) and the foliage has a nice fragrance. It appears to be an annual, as the plants vanish after flowering and setting seed in the spring. It is now October, and although there are tiny seedlings everywhere, I can't find any mature plants. If anyone knows if this ID is incorrect, please let me know.

Neutral CaptMicha On Apr 5, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A hardy geranium, emerging in rosettes in early spring. It flowers by the begining of summer or late spring.

It's often the case that the deeply lobed foliage is more attractive than the insignificant and small cream or pale purple flowers.

It can pop up in the occassional odd place, such as mulch beds but is easily removed so it never really poses a problem as a weed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hanceville, Alabama
Gainesville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Gary, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Slaughter, Louisiana
Brookeville, Maryland
Nashville, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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