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Wild Geranium by T.J. Martin
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Taken June 19, 2011 – North Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
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Geranium maculatum L.
Spotted geranium, Wild geranium, Cranesbill
Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
USDA Symbol: GEMA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Showy, pink, five-petaled flowers, occur at the top of leafy, 1-3 ft. stem. Lavender flowers are in loose clusters of 2-5 at the ends of branches above a pair of deeply 5-lobed leaves. In addition to its flowers, this perennial is well known for its 5- to 6-parted, deeply cut leaves. It colonizes by thick rhizomes but is not aggressive.

Geraniums are recognized by their palmately-lobed leaves and distinctive capsules. Bicknells Cranesbill (G. bicknellii) has much smaller flowers, notched petals, and more finely cut leaves. It too is found in the Northeast and Midwest. A more southerly species, the closely related Carolina Geranium (G. carolinianum), occurs from Florida to New England and westward to Kansas and Wyoming. It has a more compact flower cluster. The common name cranesbill, as well as the genus name, from the Greek geranos (a crane), relate to the bill-like capsule. A number of species are naturalized from Europe.

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new england, maine, north bridgton, summer, wildflowers, wild geranium, cranesbill, macro, t j martin

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work TJ

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture!! Love the close-up detail and written info!!

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 2 years ago


    Congratulations TJ on your beautiful feature!!

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    01/06/2012

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful ~

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 2 years ago

    beautiful:)

  • labaker
    labakerabout 2 years ago

    nicely done…….

  • LorReflections
    LorReflectionsabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful treasure…from the forest floor? Love how this vivid beauty is bathed in shadows with light from behind. (North Central Maine was once my home; lived there until mid 20s.) Beautiful work, T.J.

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 2 years ago


    Excellent Image! 06/02/2012
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