Wild Geranium

Botanical Name: Geranium maculatum

Height: about 40 cm

Season of bloom: Late spring.

Growing Conditions: Light shade or part-day sun. Woodland edge conditions.

Wildlife benefits: “The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract bumblebees, mason bees (Osmia spp.), cuckoo bees (Nomada spp.), long-horned bees (Synhalonia spp.), Halictid bees (Lasioglossum spp., etc.), Andrenid bees (Andrena spp.), and other bees. An Andrenid bee, Andrena distans, is a specialist pollinator (oligolege) of Wild Geranium. The flowers also attract Syrphid flies, dance flies (Empis spp.), butterflies, and skippers.” From Illinois. Wildflowers.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. Wild Geranium grows wild in the Ottawa Valley but our seed came originally from the Toronto area.

Remarks: Leaves colour beautifully in the fall.

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