Geranium carolinianum var. sphaerospermum (Fernald) Breitung
Family: Geraniaceae
Carolina crane's-bill, Carolina geranium
[Geranium sphaerospermum Fernald]
Etymology: Geranium: from the Greek geranos, "crane," from the beak-like fruit
Plants: annual, up to 24" tall, hairy forb; several stems with many branches
Leaves: widely kidney-shaped in outline, palmately-divided almost to the base usually into 5-9 deeply-toothed lobes
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 2/3" wide, stalked, petals slightly notched, sepals very wide; inflorescence a many-flowered, dense, umbel-like, stalked cluster; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: seeds very plump
Habitat: dry; barrens, disturbed areas; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native