Geranium richardsonii
white crane's-bill, white geranium

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to southern California and New Mexico.

Habitat: Mostly in partial shade, from the lowlands to well up in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, stems erect, 1.5-9 dm, soft-hairy.


Leaves 4.5-11.5 cm broad, palmately divided nearly to base into 5-7 segments, segments rhombic, blade round in outline, somewhat hairy.


Inflorescence 2-flowered; flowers radial, on pedicels 15-30 mm; sepals 7-8 mm, not ridged, bristle-tipped; petals 14-20 mm, rounded, white to light pink with purple veins, upper surface hairy towards base; nectary glands hairy beneath; stylar column 14-19 mm, stigmas 3-4 mm.


Mericarps 5, 3.5-4 mm, smooth, sparsely hairy; seeds deeply pitted.

Accepted Name:
Geranium richardsonii Fisch. & Trautv.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Geranium richardsonii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Geranium richardsonii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Geranium richardsonii photos.

USDA Plants: Geranium richardsonii information.

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