Jan. 23, 2021

bloddy crane's-bill, Geranium sanguineum

Crane's-bill? Many would call this a geranium. Crane's-bill was an early name for plants in this genus. Their seed pods start out as long pointed fruit like crane's bills. When they mature they split lengthwise, the sections curl back, and they look nothing like anything a crane could do. Anyway, these days if you go out and buy one of these Eurasians for your garden, you probably are thinking geranium. It is one of several Eurasian species we cultivate. Most of those occasionally spread to the wild. This one has been reported from AK, IL, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, UT, and ON. Cultivated, 6/13/13, Lenawee Co MI. Geranium family, Geraniaceae.