Sticky Geranium


Sticky Geranium

  • Protocarnivorous
  • Low to moderate water requirement
  • Does best in diffused sunlight
  • Establishes on a wide variety of areas
  • Grows in areas receiving 10 to 20 or more inches of annual precipitation
  • Great pollinator and source of food for wildlife

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Product Description

Sticky Geranium, also know as Wild Geranium (Geranium viscosissimum) is a native perennial for. It is a member of the rose family. It has sticky glandular hairs that densely cover the stems and leaves that leave a resin behind. Sticky Geranium, also known as Wild Geranium. Low to moderate water requirement; diffused sunlight. Pale lavender-pink flowers bloom May to September from foothills to subalpine under trees in moist meadows, along streams or on open slopes at high elevations. Sticky Geranium likes partial or full sunlight best in areas with a minimum of 18 inches of precipitation.

This plant is widely distributed and locally abundant throughout its range. It is found from southern British Columbia south through eastern Washington and Oregon to northern California, and east to northwestern New Mexico, western Colorado and Saskatchewan. Sticky purple geranium is found in foothills, canyons, open woodlands to montane environments. It is often associated with subalpine, coniferous forest, aspen forest, meadow, mountain brush and shrub steppe plant communities.

Sticky purple geranium grows in areas receiving 10 to 20 or more inches of annual precipitation at elevations ranging from 1,000 to 10,500 feet. It is hardy to Zone 2. It is commonly found on well-drained soil, however it can grow on a variety of soil types.

Sticky purple geranium has the interesting characteristic of being protocarnivorous; it is able to dissolve protein, such as insects, that become trapped on its leaf surface and absorb the nitrogen derived from the protein. Many plants with sticky leaf surfaces have evolved to have this characteristic in order to thrive in nutrient-poor environments.

Seeds of this plant are eaten by birds and small mammals and leaves are foraged by small mammals, deer, elk and bears. Sticky purple geranium is pollinated by flies, butterflies and native bees.

Sticky purple geranium is an excellent choice for sustainable urban landscapes because it needs little supplemental irrigation, it blooms continuously May through August, and the foliage turns red in the fall. The plant grows well in areas receiving full sun or partial shade. It can spread if it receives too much shade or water.

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Sticky Geranium, Wild Geranium, Wild Sticky Purple Geranium

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50,000 seeds/lb.

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Diffused Sunlight, Shade Tolerant

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