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Apr 3, 2018 7:59 PM CST
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
I've been seeing this for quite a while. I still haven't found out what species this is. It grows quite rampant and large in shady areas, so I assume it grows well in shade. The location of these photos were in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Zone 7b. Any and all help is appreciated.




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Apr 3, 2018 8:01 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Its a wild Geranium, common name is Cranesbill.
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Apr 3, 2018 8:27 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Yep, that's what I have been ripping up for the past 3 weeks. I gotta get it all out before it makes seeds!!
Mine is this one:

When the seeds are ripe they fling themselves hither and yon and make lots of new plants...that are weeds in my yard.
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Apr 3, 2018 8:43 PM CST
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But it smells nice.
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Apr 4, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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They pull up so easily. I let them get pretty big before pulling, more material to compost that way. Probably more long-lasting in Z7b, but will disappear as soon as the heat gets real here, if left to its' own devices.
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Apr 4, 2018 8:22 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Are you sure that is the same plant, Greene?
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Apr 4, 2018 10:48 AM CST
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Wild geranium is quite good as a medicinal plant, of course in moderation.

"Wild Geranium is valued as a useful astringent and hemostatic. The roots contain large amounts of tannin, which is a bitter-tasting polyphenol produced by the plant. Polyphenols bind and precipitate proteins explaining its properties as both an astringent and styptic. When applied topically, an astringent binds to the mucous membrane causing it to constrict or shrink. This process serves the dual purpose of both protecting the area to which it was applied and promoting healing. A hemostatic is any agent that stops bleeding through mild coagulation of skin proteins.

Early Native Americans recognized the value of Wild Geranium and used it as an ingredient in many medicinal treatments. Chippewa Indians used dried, powdered rhizomes mixed with grape juice as a mouthwash for children with thrush. A poultice from the base or pounded roots of the plant was used to treat burns and hemorrhoids. The leaves and roots were used to treat sore throats, hemorrhages, gonorrhea, and cholera. Like many other tannin-containing substances, Native Americans also used Wild Geranium as an anti-diarrhea treatment. A plant- infused tea was made to achieve this purpose, though some sources say the tea could have had the opposite effect, causing constipation." (Meaning take it sparingly) from an article at St. Olaf College in MN.
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Apr 4, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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I leave them alone here & let them do their thing. I think they're pretty & as purpleinopp said, once the real heat gets here, they're gone. Meanwhile, I consider them harmless & early insects can forage on them.
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Apr 4, 2018 3:42 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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flaflwrgrl said: I consider them harmless & early insects can forage on them.


And...
It gives the rabbits something else to munch on...
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Apr 4, 2018 4:25 PM CST
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Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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St. Olaf is a real place?! I had no idea whenever I was watching Golden Girls!
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Apr 4, 2018 9:13 PM CST
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
DaisyI said:Its a wild Geranium, common name is Cranesbill.


Thanks you for your response.
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Apr 4, 2018 9:14 PM CST
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
greene said:Yep, that's what I have been ripping up for the past 3 weeks. I gotta get it all out before it makes seeds!!
Mine is this one:

When the seeds are ripe they fling themselves hither and yon and make lots of new plants...that are weeds in my yard.


Thanks you for your response, and giving the exact species!
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Apr 4, 2018 9:17 PM CST
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
purpleinopp said:They pull up so easily. I let them get pretty big before pulling, more material to compost that way. Probably more long-lasting in Z7b, but will disappear as soon as the heat gets real here, if left to its' own devices.


Thanks for the additional information. Quite strange how they live. Growing in spring, and dying back in summer. If I'm correct, I've also seen them growing in fall too.
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Apr 4, 2018 9:19 PM CST
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
stone said:

And...
It gives the rabbits something else to munch on...


Ha! Suppose the wild rabbits where I live will enjoy these. Especially with how plentiful they are.
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Apr 4, 2018 9:51 PM CST
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Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp said:Are you sure that is the same plant, Greene?


Pretty sure. The picture above shows the seed pods before they are fully developed. Here is a picture showing both stages.
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Apr 5, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Aha! TY. I don't think I've let one get to that stage before.
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Apr 5, 2018 8:03 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Wow, thanks for the acorns! Hurray!

I actually grew this plant on purpose just so I could get the photos to add to the database. Then I moved to a different house 8 miles away and the new property is...well, there are lots of these plants and I am getting plenty of exercise to remove them - hopefully, before they make seeds.
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Apr 5, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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My pleasure. ;) If you have a string trimmer, you could zap them if you don't have time to pull, but you probably already know that. Isn't it shocking how fast they grow?
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