Genus Geranium
Geranium Family (Geraniaceae)

Richardson Geranium
Geranium richardsonii
The name "Geranium" means "Crane Flower". This refers to the shape of the seed, which resembles a crane's bill. This species is usually found in moist, shady areas.

Wild Pink Geranium
Geranium fremontii
This species is found in a more open and dry habitat. It has many characteristics of our domestic garden geraniums. It is a rounded plant which grows about 2 ft tall, with many rose-pink blossoms that are over an inch across.

Sticky Geranium
Geranium viscosissimum
This species looks very similar, but has sticky hairs on the stems and leaves. The petals of all these species have dark lines which lead toward the center of the flower. These lines guide insects to the nectar and pollen.

Albion Basin
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray