Etymology: Geranium: from the Greek geranos, "crane," from the beak-like fruit
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-28" tall forb from stout rhizomes
Leaves: a few, long-stalked basal leaves palmately- divided into 5-7, lacerated, triangular segments and 1 pair of short-stalked stem leaves
Flowers: pink to purple, 5-parted, 1"-1 1/2" wide; inflorescence a loose, stalked cluster of a few to several flowers; blooms April-June
Fruits: long, erect capsule
Habitat: full sun to shade; moderate moisture; woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FACU Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"