Plant ID forum: What's the species?

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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 28, 2017 4:16 PM CST
This is growing wild in shady locations. Look familiar to anyone?




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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 28, 2017 4:19 PM CST
It grows in a low mound like Huechera.
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plantladylin
Sep 28, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Could it be a variety of Geranium? Not sure but I think Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum) is a Utah native.

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plantladylin
Sep 28, 2017 4:40 PM CST
Well, actually that one might not be found in Utah. I found this page listing 3 for Utah but the leaves don't look right on any of them to me: http://extension.usu.edu/range...

Geranium (Geranium caespitosum)
Sticky Geranium (Geranium viscosissimum)
Richardson's Geranium (Geranium richardsonii)

Hope someone recognizes it because I'm real curious!
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 28, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Your first choice looks correct.
It does get little pink flowers on it.

But I don't remember the flowers being as large as in your picture.
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 28, 2017 5:41 PM CST
Closer pictures. It's a bit of a vine type growth when it's reaching for more sunlight.


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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 28, 2017 5:48 PM CST
Maybe those vine extensions are runners... have not paid close attention to it because it doesn't seem to be invasive.
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plantladylin
Sep 28, 2017 7:06 PM CST
The database says the bloom size is 1-2" for Geranium macrorrhizum so perhaps it's another variety with similar leaves. Shrug!
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Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 28, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Is it running? Looks like a Geranium to me.
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 29, 2017 8:31 AM CST
I don't know what it's doing...

It's been back there in the corner peeking through Virginia creeper. I just remember thinking it sort of looks like a greenish huechera. I will have to pay closer attention to it. I do remember flowers but perhaps they seemed smaller than they really are because they were far back behind all the bearded Iris. Seems to be a pretty tough plant though.
Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 29, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Do Geraniuns run?
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Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 29, 2017 2:26 PM CST
SpringGreenThumb said:Do Geraniuns run?


Yes.

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foraygardengirl
Sep 30, 2017 7:46 AM CST
My geraniums do run but they have thicker brown stems. How about Tiarella cordifolia/creeping foam flower? The last couple of photos look very much like that to me.
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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 30, 2017 11:50 AM CST
It reminds me so much of either a Huechera or foam flower but it's green all year. The deer eat it. I posted more pictures. In the summer some of more mature leaves seem to have a deeper purplish outline in the veins.

Included is a picture of the stem


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Utah (Zone 7a)
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SpringGreenThumb
Sep 30, 2017 12:02 PM CST
It's a tough plant. It seems to not go entirely dormant over the winter. It will keep somecsad looking leaves under the heavy snow all winter then spring to life with new growth in the spring.

I'm trying to identify it because I want to know if it's toxic to humans or edible?

The deer will eat it. Shrug!
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crawgarden
Sep 30, 2017 7:35 PM CST
Perhaps this: Geranium macrorrhizum,
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Leftwood
Oct 1, 2017 7:08 PM CST
FYI, some geraniums run (underground), some don't.

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