Geranium / wild Geranium

Genus: Geranium

Common Name: Wild Geranium


Wild geranium species are pollinated by flies, butterflies and native bees. There is even one mining bee, Andrena distans, that is a specialist of wild geranium.


Native Regions

Throughout the United States and Canada



Routinely available



Annual or perennial


Bloom Time

Spring, summer


Average Height

2 feet


Flower Color






Full sun to partial shade


Water Requirements

Average to wet or dry, depending upon species

Recommended Species

Geranium viscossisimum (sticky purple geranium), native to the western United States and Canada, is an excellent choice for sustainable urban landscapes because it needs little supplemental irrigation and it produces lovely, purple flowers continuously, May through August. This 3 foot tall perennial can also thrive in either sun or partial shade, attracting many species of native bees and butterflies.


Geranium maculatum (spotted geranium), native to the eastern United States and Canada, produces showy, pink and lavender flowers from March to July, which attract a variety of native bees and birds. This 2 foot tall perennial species is routinely available and adaptable to many garden environments, preferring partial shade and average moisture.

bee Visitors

Andrena / Mining Bee

Bombus / Bumble Bee

Coelioxys / Cuckoo Bee

Colletes / Polyester Bee

Halictus / Sweat Bee

Hylaeus / Yellow-faced Bee

Lasioglossum / Sweat Bee

Megachile / Leafcutter Bee

Melissodes / Long-horned Bee

Osmia / Mason Bee

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