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Strickland, Sam C.
Geranium carolinianum L.
Carolina geranium, Wild geranium, Carolina cranesbill
USDA Symbol: GECA5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Carolina cranesbill is a much-branched and sprawling, pubescent annual or biennial, usually no taller than 1 ft. Leaves are palmately five-parted, these divisions being cleft or lobed again. Five-petaled, pale pink or white flowers occur in loose terminal clusters.
Cranesbill is a member of the geranium family (family Geraniaceae). Geraniums are leafy herbs with showy white, pink, or purple flowers in clusters. There are about 11 genera and nearly 800 species, with many occurring frequently in the north temperate zone.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Scattered from New England to WI
& B.C., s. to FL
& Mex. Native Habitat:
Dry, hard fields; rocky woods
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Gravelly to clay soils.
Conditions Comments: Can become weedy.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seed does not require pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0697
Collected Mar 11, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0748
Collected Apr 3, 1994 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Record Last Modified: 2014-02-03
Research By: TWC Staff