Geranium richardsonii, Richardson's Geranium
Scientific Name: Geranium richardsonii
Common Name: Richardson's Geranium
Also Called: Richardson Geranium
Family: Geraniaceae, Cranesbill or Storksbill Family
Size: Up to 30 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; stems ascending to erect, plants mostly glabrous
Leaves: Green; about ½ wide, palmate 5 segments or parts
Flower Color: White, lavender or purple with purple veins; flowers with ¾ inch pedicels, 5 petals, 5 pointed sepals, fruit with relatively short style.
Flowering Season: April to October.
Elevation: 6,500 to 11,500 feet, 3,800 to 8,500 feet in California.
Habitat Preferences: Riparian and moist areas, meadows in Arizona common in coniferous forests.
Recorded Range: Richardson's Geranium is found in the west half of North America and in Arizona it ocurrs primarily in the eastern 2⁄3 of the state.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: In North America Geranium richardsonii has the following wetland designations; Arid West, FACU; Great Plains, FAC; Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast, FAC.
FAC, = Facultative, occur in wetlands and non-wetlands
FACU, = Facultative Upland, usually occur in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
The Plant List includes 1,216 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Geranium. Of these 411 are accepted species names.
Comments: Richardson's Geranium is important forage for wildlife including deer, elk, small mammals, birds and livestock. It is one of the most broadly distributed native geraniums in North America.
See several ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.