Geranium maculatum / Geranium Family
April 15, 2005
Wild Geranium adds pretty spots of pink along the springtime trailsides. Bees are attracted to the white nectar guides on the inside of the petals. Note the five-parted stigmas on the pistil. The fruits are interesting, they have 5 seeds in cups at the base of a "storkbill" seed pod. When the fruit ripens the pod splits and throws the seeds upward. Frozen Head State Park has a large number of these flowers.
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Haw Ridge Greenway, Frozen Head SP, Piney River Trail, Warriors' Path SP, Ijams Nature Center