Wild Geranium - Spotted Crane's Bill
Geranium macukatun Linnaeus
Geraniaceae (Geranium or Stork's-bill) Family

Wild Geranium is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 2 feet tall, producing upright usually unbranched stems and flowers in spring to early summer. The rhizome is long and thick, with numerous branches. It is covered with scars, showing the remains of stems of previous years growth. Distribution in the Escambia region is occasional, but may be used as a potted decorative ornamental in a butterfly garden.

The leaves are palmately lobed with 5 or 7 deeply cut lobes 4 to 5 inches broad, with a petiole up to 12 inches long arising from the rootstock. They are deeply parted into 3 or 5 divisions, each of which is again cleft and toothed.

The flowers are 1.6 inch in diameter, with 5 rose-purple, pale or violet-purple (rarely white) petals and 10 stamens. In the Northern Hemisphere, they appear from April to June (precise dates depend on the latitude)3] The plants are grouped in loose corymbs or umbels of 2 to 5 at the top of a flowering stem.

Fruit is a capsule consisting of 5 cells each containing 1 seed joined to a long beak-like column (resembling a crane's bill) produced from the center of an old flower.

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