Wild Geranium – Geranium maculatum
Wild Geranium thrives in zones 3 to 8, needs full sun to part shade, and will grow readily in average quality well-drained soil, although optimum conditions call for moist nutrient-rich soil. The USDA plant hardiness zone is a map used industry wide to determine optimal locations for plant survivability. Bloom time occurs during April, May, June, and July- without serious insect or disease issues, wild geranium remains a favorite choice as a plant that can survive below average care conditions. Fairly drought resistant, it can withstand unstable watering patterns. For landscaping and proper planting, target partly shaded areas of fringe borders and wooded gardens, geranium can be planted in groups to provide ground cover if needed. Geranium grows 18 to 24 inches tall in maturity and commonly grows in clump formation.
With bright delicate blooms, Geranium can blossom in three different shades, a pale pink, medium-tone pink and lilac. Sweet purple pink-toned flowers, similar to the outline of a miniature daisy, geranium flowers sprout as delicate buds, then grow to the approximate size of cherry blossoms. Five rounded petals grace a light inner circle with upward flower formation and pale yellow-white streaks curving inwards serving as insect stripes- signaling nectar access to pollinators. Without any serious botanical disease issues, wild geraniums remain a popular choice due to honeybee attracting ability and overall resistance- plants are also rabbit and deer proof.