Geranium, Carolina


Carolina cranesbill is a 1 inch tall annual plant that inhabits dry open woodlands, clay prairies, gravel prairies, limestone glades, pastures, abandoned fields, lawns, and roadsides. Branching occasionally at the base and along the stems, the lower stems sprawl along the ground. Stems are round and covered with white hairs. They often become reddish brown as they mature. The opposite leaves are about 3 inches long and across and often have a grayish green appearance. Dull white to light pink flowers appear in small clusters and have 5 petals. They bloom from early to late summer and last about a month. Seeds develop within a long narrow beak about 1 inch long. Eventually, the beak splits open and flings the seeds. The root system consists of a central taproot.

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