The leaves are palmately cleft into 5 to 9 finger-like
lobes; 1.1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. Placement along the stem
is generally alternate basally and opposite upwards; round to
oval in outline, and hairy on both surfaces.
The flowers are terminal compact clusters (cymes) of two
to several on each stem or branch. Petals number five and are
whitish pink to pale purple. The tip of each petal is notched;
five hairy sepals with pointed tips. Each flower is subtended
by a whorl of small leaves. Flowers occur in the spring and into
Fruit is a tubular capsule. The seeds are consumed by the
Northern Bobwhite and Mourning Dove, and by songbirds and small
Carolina geranium is a common open-field plant and is a
preferred winter forage of White-tailed Deer in the Southeast,
averaging about 20 percent crude protein in the vegetative state.