Geranium maculatum, Woodland Geranium

Woodland Geranium is our only native, shade loving Geranium (not related to the annuals available at a greenhouse). As you can see in the photo, above, it can make a nice mass display if several are planted together, but it does not spread so densely in its native woodland habitat -that is an illusion created by the gardeners at the MN Landscape Arboretum! It is, however, a great woodland plant that can also make a good garden plant (as seen below, alongside Hosta). It is not fussy and if deadheaded, may sporadically repeat bloom until autumn.

Blooms: pink with greenish-yellow white centers, May through June, sporadically thereafter

Height: 12 inches to 16 inches with flowers held above foliage

Conditions: shade to part shade with dappled or morning sun, medium soils

A group of Geranium maculatum with Hosta.

Woodland Geranium beginning to flower in the woods before trees fully leaf out.

Geranium maculatum leaves emerging, early May.