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 at the MN Landscape Arboretum, with Hosta behind.


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


Geranium maculatum leaves emerging, early May.