The Wild Geranium is a perennial wildflower with lovely, pink flowers to lavender flowers that grows in woodlands and fields in eastern North America. It is a native relative of the cultivated geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) that are native to warm regions of the world. It has highly dissected leaves and 5-petalled flowers that are on long stalks. It is a clump-forming woodland perennial which typically occurs in woods, thickets and shaded roadside. Forms a mound of foliage that grows to 24" tall and 18" wide. Features 1 1/4" diameter, pink to lilac, saucer-shaped, upward facing, 5-petaled flowers in spring for a period of 6-7 weeks. Deeply cut, palmately 5-lobed, dark green leaves (to 6" across). Flowers give way to distinctive, beaked seed capsules which give rise to the common name of crane's bill. Best in part shade areas of borders and woodland gardens. Hardy in zones 3-8.
Growing Instructions for the Wild Geranium
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 2-3 months. 4. Fill a pot with potting soil. 5. Sow the seeds on the soil. 6. Cover the seeds with a layer of that is 1/8 of an inch thick. 7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.