Geranium species

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Scientific Name Geranium caespitosum USDA PLANTS Symbol GECA3
Common Name Tufted Geranium ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29130
Family Geraniaceae (Geranium) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine. In Colorado: dry slopes, meadows, and forest openings.
Plant: Sprawling, multistemmed subshrub or herbaceous perennial 1 to 2 feet tall, up to 30 inches across; hairy stems.
Leaves: Leaves are 1 to 2-3/4 inches wide and palmately-lobed into 3 to 5 segments with rounded tips.
Inflorescence: Open clusters of flowers about 1-inch across or more, on long, sticky stalks with 5 light pink to lavender petals with pink/lavender veins and 5 pointed sepals beneath.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: www.swcoloradowildflowers.com and Colorado State University Extension Service.
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Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Geranium viscosissimum USDA PLANTS Symbol GEVI2
Common Name Sticky Purple Geranium ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29125
Family Geraniaceae (Geranium) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6500 to 10000 ft.); along roadsides, aspen groves, meadows, forests.
Plant: Perennial 1 to 3 feet tall with erect or ascending branched stems; stems short-hairy below, long hairy and often glandular-hairy above.
Leaves: On stalks from lower portions of stems, leaves are 2-1/2 to 4-3/4 inches wide and palmately-divided to ~3/4 of their length into 5 to 7 wedge- to diamond-shaped segments with lobes with sharp tips; surfaces hairy and somewhat glandular.
Inflorescence: Open clusters of flowers about 1-inch across on branched, hairy, sticky stalks with 5 light pink to purple petals with darker veins, 5 narrow green sepals beneath; pedicels and sepals with glandular hairs tipped with yellow glands.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, E-Flora BC and www.americansouthwest.net.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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