Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wild Geraniums in Bloom

Sticky geranium (c) John Ashley

Summer is showtime for sticky geranium (Geranium viscosissimum), the most common of our nine native geraniums in western Montana, and a close cousin to your domestic plants. Geranium comes from the Greek word, "geranos," which means crane and refers to the plant's long, beak-like fruit. And "viscosissimum" means sticky, referring to glandular hairs on leaf and stem surfaces. Watch for these bright flowers in low to mid-elevation grassy areas. And if you get down on hands and knees, you might just spot a froghopper as well...