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Carolina Crane's-bill
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Geranium carolinianum

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About Carolina Crane's-bill (Geranium carolinianum) Geranium carolinianum is a species of geranium known by the common name Carolina crane's-bill, or Carolina geranium. It is native to North America, where it is widespread and grows in many types of habitat. This is an annual herb reaching just over half a meter in maximum height. It has erect stems covered in spiky hairs. The palmate leaves are several centimeters wide and divided into usually five segments which are each subdivided into elegantly pointed lobes. The inflorescence is a cluster of one to several small flowers. Each flower has five pointed sepals and five notched petals in shades of white to lavender. The fruit has a hairy body and a style up to 1. 5 centimeters long. Noted visitors for nectar include long-tongued bees (Megachile spp. ), short-tongued bees (Halictid), and flower flies (Syrphid) whom in the larval stage can be early cool season aphid control. Mourning Doves have been observed eating the seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 ft (0.49 m)

Flower Color
White, Lavender

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1' - 5871'

Annual Precip. ?
5.7" - 70.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 1.85"

Coldest Month ?
34.0° F - 57.5° F

Hottest Month ?
57.7° F - 86.2° F

Humidity ?
0.32 vpd - 37.04 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Carolina Geranium

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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