Geranium carolinianum (wild geranium, Carolina crane’s-bill, cranesbill)

description: annual or biennial

place of origin: North America

urban habitat: commonly found in waste areas, sandy soils, abandoned fields, lawns, along roadsides, railroads; drought-tolerant.

ecological function:
disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for wildlife.

history: Native to North America, Geranium carolinianum is considered weedy due to its ability to thrive in disturbed landscapes. It is currently listed as endangered in New Hampshire. The plant has been found to have medicinal benefits, for treatment of diarrhea, stomachache, and tumors.