Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum) in the Geraniums Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Geranium
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Botanical names:
Geranium carolinianum Accepted
Geranium carolinianum var. sphaerospermum Synonym
Geranium carolinianum var. carolinianum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pinkish-white to light purple.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
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.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) on Oct 19, 2011 3:01 PM

Carolina Geranium is native to North America where it is widespread and grows in many types of habitats. It has a rosette form with stems branching and elongating as the plant matures. The Carolina Geranium has pink to reddish hairy stems that produce clusters of two or more pink flowers at the ends of the stems.

I noticed this plant sprouting in my lawn for the first time last spring and until closer inspection I just thought it was a pretty weed. I thought it looked like a Geranium so I took a photo and began an on-line search and discovered that this is a common native Geranium found in many areas of North America.

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Dec 5, 2011 5:39 PM

Native to much of US, this wildflower is an annual, biennial blooms early spring thru mid summer. The flowers are very insignificant but I like the plant anyway and think I prefer it over grass growing ,but that’s just me. It has a history of medicinal uses. The whole plant, but especially the roots, is astringent, salve and styptic. It can be used as a gargle for sore throats. The plant is high in tannins, making it bitter. A medicinal tea can be prepared by boiling 1–2 teaspoons of the root for ten to fifteen minutes in 2 cups of water. A tincture (approximately 1/2 teaspoon) can also be take three times a day.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:29 PM

This plant can be invasive.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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