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Bruso, George H.
Geranium viscosissimum Fisch. & C.A. Mey. ex C.A. Mey.
Sticky purple geranium, Sticky wild geranium
USDA Symbol: GEVI2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The many-toothed, deeply-lobed, bright-green leaves of this large, clumped wild geranium occur on strong, branching, 1-2 ft., flower stalks. A lightly-haired plant with several stems, leaves on long stalks, most near the base, and a few pink-lavender to purplish flowers in an open cluster near the top. Pinkish to lavender, 1 1/2 in. wide, saucer-shaped flowers occur at stem tips. Stem, leaves, and flower stalks are covered with sticky hairs.
This is one of several western Geraniums with pinkish-purple flowers; all are similar, distinguished only by technical features. Doves Foot Geranium (G. molle), with small pink flowers, is a common weed on lawns and in vacant lots and is native to Europe.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
CA , CO , ID , MT , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB Native Distribution:
B.C. to n. CA, e. of the Cascades, e. to Sask., the Black Hills & w. NE Native Habitat:
Grassy, lowland to higher elevation meadows USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Various dry-mesic to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Like all geraniums, this species can be established from seed though germination is low and field-sown seeds are subject to insect damage. Woody stem
cuttings taken in spring will root in heated frames or under intermittent mist. Seed Collection:
Collection is difficult becuse seeds are actively dispersed. Seed Treatment:
Scarification increases germination. If seeds have been air-dried, they are more permeable to water and will require less scarification. Commercially Avail:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff