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Geranium richardsonii (Richardson's geranium)
Reveal, James L.

Geranium richardsonii

Geranium richardsonii Fisch. & Trautv.

Richardson's Geranium

Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)


USDA Symbol: geri

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

This plant bears several stems with palmately cleft leaves on long stalks, moist near the base, and bear a few white or pale pink flowers in a branched cluster.

One of the most widespread western Geraniums, it frequently hybridizes with other species, often making identification difficult. The genus name, from the Greek geranos ("crane"), refers to the fruit's beak.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Shaped like an upraised crane's bill.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , SK
Native Distribution: Southeastern British Columbia; south through eastern Washington and Oregon to southern California; east to New Mexico, South Dakota, and Saskatchewan.
Native Habitat: Partial shade in woods, from lowlands into the mountains.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-31
Research By: TWC Staff

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