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Sun: Full to shade

Moisture: Medium to medium-dry

Height: 1'

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: Pink

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan).

Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, the Ojibwa dried and powdered the root to treat mouth sores, and made an infusion of the roots to treat diarrhea (Moerman, 1998).


This cheerful woodland flower is a welcome sight in spring. The seedheads use an explosive-pod mechanism, like violets and wood poppies, to launch their seeds to new sites. Excellent ground cover. Associated with 3 of the 5 pre-1800 plant communities common to Eastern Washtenaw County: Dry Southern Forest, Dry-Mesic Southern Forest, and Mesic Southern Forest.

Geranium maculatum (Wild geranium)

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