Wild geranium in flower.

Wild geranium in flower.

Geranium maculatum

Wild geranium  makes its home in dry to moist woods.  It grows up to 60 cm tall and produces upright stems and flowers in spring to early summer. The leaves contain 5 or 7 deeply cut lobes, somewhat resembling a hand, and the flowers have 5 petals ranging in color from rose-purple, pale or violet-purple (rarely white) petals and ten stamens.

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Phenophases

  1. First Flower: Date the first flowers are fully open. When open, you will see the stamens among the unfolded petals.
  2. Full Flower: Date when half or more of the flowers are completely open
  3. First Ripe Fruit: Date when you notice the first fruits becoming fully ripe or seeds dropping naturally from the plant. Ripening is indicated by the berries turning red, yellow, orange, or maroon.
  4. Full Fruiting: Date when half or more of the fruits are completely ripe or seeds are dropping naturally from the plant.
  5. All Leaves Withered: Date when most or all of the leaves that developed this season, have lost green color or are dried and dead.

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