Color, crimson or purplish pink. Sepals, 5. Petals, 5, on claws Stamens, 10, 5 longer than the others, with glands at their base. Fruit, of 5 carpels, each tipped with a long, hooked beak. When ripe the valves burst open elastically, setting the seed free. Flowers, 1, 2, or 3 together, from rough, hairy stems which grow from perennial rootstocks. The older leaves become whitish. Leaves, 4 or 5-parted, the divisions wedge-shaped, cut, or lobed. April to July.
The favorite garden geraniums (pelargoniums), with their various colors and markings, are related to this humble wild flower.
G. carolinianum. - Color, pale pink. Sepals and petals, 5, the sepals hairy, pointed, equaling the corolla in length. Stamens, 5 or 10, with glands at their base. Ovary, 5-lobed, with 5 styles which remain as tips on the long beaks of the fruit. Flowers, small, in cymose heads, pedicelled, on a short common peduncle. Stems, hairy, much branched, forking above. Leaves, palmately 5-parted, the divisions cut into long, narrow lobes. May and June.
In sterile soil or rocky places from Massachusetts southward and westward.