Geranium pusillum
small-flower crane's-bill

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades; widely distributed throughout North America except along southern border of U.S.

Habitat: Moist, waste places.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Introduced

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, stems decumbent to erect, 1-5 dm, soft-hairy.


Leaves simple, 1.5-5 cm broad, palmately divided into 7 wedge-shaped segments, segments typically 3-lobed, blade round in outline, somewhat hairy.


Inflorescence 2-flowered; flowers radial, on pedicels 6-16 mm; sepals 5, 3-4.5 mm, not ridged, mucronate or with short awns, not bristle-tipped; petals 2-3 mm, somewhat notched or shallowly lobed, light pinkish violet; stamens 10, 5 fertile; stylar column 7-9 mm, stigmas 0.5-0.7 mm.


Mericarps 5, 1.7-1.9 mm, smooth, covered sparsely with short stiff hairs; seeds finely net-veined.

Accepted Name:
Geranium pusillum L.
Publication: Syst. Nat. (ed. 10) 2: 1144. 1759.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Geranium pusillum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Geranium pusillum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Geranium pusillum photos.

USDA Plants: Geranium pusillum information.

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