Sticky Purple Geranium

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Featured in Wildflowers of North America – November 16, 2009

Perennial growing to 0.75m. It is hardy to zone 7. It is in flower from July to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil
Woodland, Sunny Edge, Dappled Shade.

The flowers and leaves of this species are edible, but reported to be astringent and unappealing. Blackfeet Indians used an infusion from this plant to treat diarrhea and gastric upset and urinary irritations. The root of this plant is astringent and was dried and powdered and used by Native Americans to stop external bleeding. The whole plant is astringent, salve and styptic. An infusion of the leaves, plus a sweat bath with the leaves, is used as a treatment for colds; as a gargle in the treatment of sore throats; an infusion of the leaves or the roots is used as a wash for sore eyes; a poultice of the leaves or roots has been applied to cuts, sores etc.

Photographed in Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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