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.

Woods, open and dry, or in fields everywhere. Very common, one of the early, welcome spring flowers. The flower and fruit will bear study.

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.