Apr. 19, 2017

wild geranium, Geranium maculatum

Monday evening I went to a lecture in Ann Arbor by Dr. Daniel Moerman. He's an authority on American Indian use of plants and the reasons they selected plants. It was fascinating! This one's for him. Wild geranium is his favorite. For the next week or so I will try to summarize his material, with illustrations. He began by confessing that he started out knowing zero about plants. He set out to do a study on families with the people of the Georgia coastal islands. In the process of getting to know them, he learned about their 'doctor in the field'. For medical treatment, they relied heavily on the plants around them. What he learned set him on a life long journey to share the knowledge of those people, and of American Indians north of Mexico. Wild geranium is a spring woodland flower in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/19/14.