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Carolina Geranium, Carolina Cranesbill - Geranium carolinianum


Family: Geraniaceae - Geranium family Genus Common Name: Geranium Native Status: NativeHerb
Geranium carolinianum - Carolina Geranium, Carolina Cranesbill. Geranium carolinianum is interesting in that while is is considered weedy or invasive in many parts of the country, it is an Endangered or Threatened species in New Hampshire and New York, so may have some legally protected status there. Somewhat supporting the invasive (although native to the U.S.) opinion, it is found in disturbed areas in every state in the lower 48 except Colorado (frankly, it would not surprise me if it's not also there), and is also found in most of Canada. Apparently a naturalized population has not yet been found in Hawaii and Alaska.

The most obvious difference between G. carolinianum and the non-native G. dissectum (Cutleaf Geranium) is the color of the blossom, although other differences are noted below.

Found in:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Geranium carolinianum

Distribution of Geranium carolinianum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Jul 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2012-April-23Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The blossom of Carolina Geranium is a pale pink or almost white color. While it is similar in size to the blossom on Cutleaf Geranium, it is a much paler color. The lobes of the upper leaves are broader than those of Cutleaf Geranium.
Geranium carolinianum

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2012-April-23Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Both Carolina Geranium and Cutleaf Geranium have similar fruit, but the hairs on the beak of Carolina Geranium are less bristly, and are not as obviously glandular.
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Geranium carolinianum

Site: Pigeon Mountain - East, Walker County, GA Date: 2011-May-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The seedpods of Carolina Geranium will turn black.
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Geranium carolinianum

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2012-April-23Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The leaves are deeply lobed, both upper and lower. The lobes of the upper leaves are broader than those of Cutleaf Geranium.
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Geranium carolinianum

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