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Wild Geranium, or Cranebill

Wild Geranium, or Cranebill (Geranium maculatum)

In bloom May 9 - May 22. This 1-3 foot tall upright plant has hairy 5 parted deeply lobed leaves. The flowers are purple-red and very pretty wityh 5 big petals. The name Cranebill comes from its beak like seed pods which disperse their seeds violently when they dry out. The well known house plant/garden geranium is a separate but closely related genus.

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