Native Region: Eastern North America
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 20 June, 2010
Seed count: 12-15
This herbaceous perennial grows to 60 cm tall, producing upright usually unbranched stems and flowers in spring to early summer. The leaves are palmately lobed with five or seven deeply cut lobes, 10–12.5 cm broad, with a petiole up to 30 cm long arising from the rootstock. The flowers are 2.5–4 cm diameter, with five rose-purple, pale or violet-purple (rarely white) petals and ten stamens; they appear from April to June in loose clusters of two to five at the top of the stems.
Geranium maculatum, the Spotted Geranium, Wood Geranium, or Wild Geranium is a woodland perennial plant native to eastern North America, from southern Manitoba and southwestern Quebec south to Alabama and west to Oklahoma and South Dakota. It is known as Spotted Cranesbill or Wild Cranesbill in Europe, but the Wood Cranesbill is another plant, the related G. sylvatium (a European native called "Woodland Geranium" in North America). Colloquial names are Alum Root, Alum Bloom and Old Maid's Night cap.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Sow seed in containers in late spring. Be sure to maintain even moisture during the summer in the first year. Grow on in humus rich soil that does not dry out excessively in the summer.