Spotted Geranium (Geranium maculatum 'Espresso') in the Geraniums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10-12 inches
Plant Spread: 10-15 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Other: dissected leaves are copper/mocha color
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeding
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Take semi-ripe cuttings during the late summer when growth has slowed and plant stems have become firmer.
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Tepelus (Nashville, Michigan - Zone 6a) on Apr 17, 2013 12:21 PM

Pretty but not particularly showy pink flowers; foliage greens up in the summer.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 4:11 PM

Spotted or Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum 'Espresso') is native to the northeastern United States. It has special value to native and bumble bees, particularly mining bees. Small carpenter, sweat, mason, mining, bumble, and cuckoo bees are attracted to this plant.

Geranium maculatum also reportedly attracts beneficial insects such as syrphid flies and fruitworm beetles. Its seeds are eaten by birds, including mourning doves and bobwhite quail.

'Espresso' is a dark, chocolate-leaved cultivar with pretty lavender blue flowers. Plant with green-leaved cultivars for a striking color contrast.

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Posted by frahnzone5 (bensenville, il (chicagoland area) - Zone 5a) on Jan 31, 2016 5:55 PM

If your main purpose in planting Espresso is for the dark colored leaves you will be disappointed. They green up by mid-summer. A better choice might be Geranium 'Purple Heron,' which keeps chocolate leaves all season and comes true from seed.

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Plant Events from our members
aspenhill On October 25, 2013 Obtained plant
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Catmint20906 On April 15, 2016 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On April 25, 2015 Bloomed
MrsBinWY On June 4, 2017 Potted up
MrsBinWY On February 21, 2016 Seeds sown
12 seeds from ishareflowers, wintersown, held over summer 2016 & winter 2016-2017, germinated ~May 2017
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