Wild Geraniums

Wild GeraniumGosh, there’s a lot of them!  Some of them are so pale they are almost white.  Others are a deep, lovely purple.  And I can’t seem to resist photographing them!

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), also known as Spotted GeraniumWild Geranium Range Map is plentiful in most of the woods where I hike.  It seems especially fond of wet places, but I see it growing where the ground dries out, too.

Like many woodland flowers, Wild Geranium can reproduce either by seeds or by spreading underground rhizomes.  It is not uncommon to see large colonies.

I’m afraid I got a bit zealous photographing these the other day, too, as I did with the Mayapples

1Wild Geranium Closeup 1

2Wild Geranium Closeup 2      3Wild Geranium

You can vote for your favorite, again, if you like!

Cool fact:

Seeds are produced in a dehiscent fruit and are scattered by explosive dispersal an average of 10 feet (3 m) and a maximum of 30 feet (9 m). (source)

Gotta love explosive dispersal.  Plus, I learned a new botanical word:  dehiscent.  It means the fruit or seedpod automatically opens at maturity to expel the seeds.  Hmmm, I wonder if Wild Geranium seed pods will respond to my touch the way Jewelweed (a.k.a. Touch-me-not) does?


 

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