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plant identification - perennial without flowers so far

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Joined: 7/30/2007
Location: Reading, MA
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Posted: Jul/12/2008 7:11 AM PST

Its been a few years and I have not figured out what this is, nor do I remember any flowering, but this thing must flower in some way. Interesting aroma of leaves. Gets mostly shade with a little direct sun. Everything around it flowers just fine. What is it?



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Posted: Jul/12/2008 8:07 AM PST

That certainly looks like something interesting
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Posted: Jul/12/2008 10:31 AM PST

It could be a wild "cranesbill" geranium.
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Posted: Jul/12/2008 4:10 PM PST

What Evonne said. We have alot of them around here.
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Posted: Jul/12/2008 8:18 PM PST

Yes, I agree...looks like Geranium maculatum.
Joined: 7/30/2007
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Posted: Jul/14/2008 9:42 AM PST

I added a couple more photos for clarity on the original post, one specifically of the base of the plant. Actually, the aroma is quite nice.

I've looked at some pictures of cranesbill on internet but not an exact match. Are we sure that this is it? Also, still no flowers, why not, when would they come?

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Location: Tulsa OK z7a
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Posted: Jul/14/2008 4:39 PM PST

Your pictures look like the Hardy Geranium I've grown for several years. It blooms in late spring.

If you have doubts about the species you are growing, check out the info and pictures here:

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Location: Northern, NJ
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Posted: Jul/14/2008 10:24 PM PST

Thanks for the site Rosie. The leaf-shape pictures
all in one place should be a big help in IDing a plant.
But I must admit some of them are too subtle
in their differences.
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Posted: Jul/15/2008 6:48 AM PST

Here's a shot of mine taken last April. With the differences in zones, yours should probably bloom in May? That may help you nail down a positive ID.



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Joined: 6/10/2008
Location: North Carolina
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Posted: Jul/15/2008 3:49 PM PST

I had the EXACT same flower/plant and it did much better for me in full sun. They are great and have a wonderful spreading habit. Since I have moved I miss them. When I had them they attracted hummingbirds like crazy. Hardy geranium, they are a great little plant, make a wonderful border plant.
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