Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
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Deciduous Perennial in the Geraniaceae Family
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Size Notes Price Availability
#1 gallon Field $17.47 Likely available
5/30 - 6/2
6/13 - 6/16
7/4 - 7/7


Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), is favorite and lovely perennial that can grow up to 2 ft. tall. It has upright, usually unbranched stems, and it flowers in spring to early summer. Its flowers are 1-1.5" in diameter, with five rose-purple, pale or violet-purple (rarely white) petals and ten stamens. Here in the Chicago area, they appear from April - June. Wild geranium are deer and rabbit resistant, low maintenance plants. They can handle moist soil but also are drought resistant, they attract butterflies but repel unwanted insects.

It is the showiest of the Illinois native geraniums, with large 1" pink flowers with 5 broad overlapping petals. The distinctive leaves have 5 big divisions like an exaggerated maple leaf.


Geraniums are known to repel earworms, cabbageworms, and Japanese beetles. Because of this, the best companion plants for geraniums are those that are prone to suffering from them, like corn, roses, grapes, and cabbage.


Plant Data

Mature Size 18 - 24 inches tall. 12 - 18 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 3a - 8b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Filler, Formal Garden, Full Sun, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Rain Garden, Illinois Native, Low Maintenance, Medium, Most Popular, Native to North America, Non-Allergenic, Normal Soil, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Prairie Garden, Rabbit Resistant, Repels Unwanted Insects, Showy Flowers, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Poor Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Bloom Period April to May
Flower Color Pale Pink, Deep Pink, Lilac
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