Geranium molle
dovefoot geranium

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho and Montana, also in the central U.S. and northeastern North America.

Habitat: Disturbed areas including roadsides, moist ground in waste places and lawns, prairies, balds, and forest edge.

Flowers: April-September

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low, spreading annual, hairy and somewhat glandular, the stems 1-4 dm. tall.


Leaves long-petiolate, the blades 2-5 cm. broad, reniform, divided palmately over half way into 5-7 lobes, these cut about half their length into 3-5 segments.


Cymes few-flowered; sepals 5, soft-hairy, not bristle-tipped; petals 5, pink, shallowly notched, slightly exceeding the sepals; fertile stamens 10, the inner filaments united at the base; stylar column 6-8 mm long with a filiform beak 1-2 mm long, stigmas 1-2 mm.


Mericarps 5, approximately 2 mm, wrinkled crosswise, glabrous; seeds smooth.

Accepted Name:
Geranium molle L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 682. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Geranium molle in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Geranium molle checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Geranium molle atlas page.

CalPhotos: Geranium molle photos.

USDA Plants: Geranium molle information.

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