McCoy Horticultural – Native Plant at a Glance | Geranium maculatum

Each month, McCoy Horticultural will share some information on a native plant and how it best applies to your landscape. The more each of us are aware of specific natives, the more readily we will be to incorporate them ourselves or recommend them to others. The more natives we plant, the greater our contribution is to local ecology.

May/June 2020: Geranium maculatum, common name Spotted Geranium, Wild Geranium, Cranesbill

  • Aesthetically pleasing perennial
  • Pink, purple, and white varieties
  • Will thrive in a variety of settings, especially woodlines and shaded areas
  • Blooms late spring to early summer
  • Seeds can be collected for further propagation

Ecological Value:

  • Foliage, buds & seeds provide source for a variety of insects, birds, and other mammals.
  • Flowers attract many different native bee, butterfly & moth species
  • Caterpillars feed on leaves and buds

Sources:

https://www.wildflower.org/

https://www.lakeforest.edu

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