Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Geranium maculatum - Wild Geranium 

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Geranium maculatum

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Wild Geranium.
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Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum
Photo- Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Seedlings Wild Geraniums - Nodding Onion Gardens
Wild Geraniums Seedlings

Propagation Notes - Geranium maculatum

Cold Storage 60 days
Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds Planted -

Sprouted -
2-14 -2012 -

Night Temperature -
61 - 63°F

Day Temperature -
64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights

Pot size - Seemed to do better in a 4 inch pot, use care not to over water.

Natural Sunlight - 3-6-12 Exposure to sunlight a few hours each day

Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum
Our Wild Geraniums - Geranium maculatum

Cultivation Information - Wild Geranium

Height - 14 to 18 inches
Flower Color - pink
Blooms -
April - June
Sun - Light sun to partial shade

Zone - 3 to 9

Soil - moist, lots of organic material
pH - 4 to 5
Family - Geraniaceae

Does not require a great deal of maintenance and is not invasive. Goes dormant in late summer

Wildlife Significance - Wild Geraniums

Nectar Source: Butterflies - Spring Azure, Hobomak Skipper, flies, skippers, long- tongued and short-tongued bees, skipper and moths

Pollen Source: long-tongued bees, flies eat the pollen but are non- pollinating

Oligolectic Bees – are bees that are very particular as to what plant family they gather their nectar and pollen. Wild Geranium is such a plant for the Andrena distans (bee)

Seeds - Chipmunk delicacy

Deer: Are not fond of Geranium species

For more details on this plant visit the Illionis Wildflower website

Seed/plant Provenance - 

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN, - 2011 - 2012 - Root Stock -  Hickory Road Gardens, WI. Nodding Onion Gardens 2013 to present