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Geranium californicum

Geranium californicum G.N. Jones & F.F. Jones

California Cranesbill, Mountain Geranium

Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Synonym(s): Geranium concinnum

USDA Symbol: GECA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An 8 in.-2 ft. perennial with 1-3 upright stems. Delicate leaves are palmately lobed. The pink to lavender flowers are also delicate with a fine tracery of purple veins.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: C. & s. CA
Native Habitat: Damp woods & meadows; 4000-8000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Damp soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Increase by division of large clumps or by seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No seed treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Geranium californicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Geranium californicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Geranium californicum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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