Wild Geranium

Crane's Bill, Spotted Crane's Bill

Geranium maculatum

GERANIACEAE (Geranium Family)

This plant belongs to the same family as many common geraniums. It grows in moist woods and meadows.


The plant has five-parted hairy leaves. It has a tough underground stem or rhizome.



The rose-pink flowers bloom in spring and early summer. The fruits are shaped like a crane's bill and have five spoon-shaped sections. When ripe they contract and eject the seeds many feet away.

Wild geranium seed pods

Resources compiled by Dr. Loretta Kuse