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Feb 15, 2006 WILD GERANIUM
N. Walker

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) is also known as Crane's-bill, spotted crane's-bill, wild crane's-bill, stork's-bill, spotted geranium, alumroot, alum-bloom, chocolate-flower, crowfoot, dove's-foot, old-maid's-nightcap, and shameface. It grows in open woods from Newfoundland to Manitoba and south to Georgia, Missouri and olbviously North Alabama.. This plant, generally grows to about a foot in height. The leaves, which are 3 to 6 inches wide, are deeply parted into three or five divisions, each of which is again cleft and toothed. It has pale violet-purple flowers, which appear from April to June. When the flower matures it leaves a projection that gives it the alternate name "cranes bill". The plant appears on about every trail in the area.