(Richardson’s Geranium)

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Geranium richardsonii, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8853

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Geranium richardsonii, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 1428

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Geranium richardsonii, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 0748

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Geranium richardsonii, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 0761

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Purple-tipped glandular hairs, Geranium richardsonii, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 9492

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Geranium richardsonii, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 0750

Scientific Name Geranium richardsonii USDA PLANTS Symbol GERI
Common Name Richardson's Geranium, Wild Geranium ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29118
Family Geraniaceae (Geranium) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 12700); moist, partly-shaded locations along roadsides, aspen groves, meadows, forests.
Plant: Perennial 1 to 3 feet tall with slender, weak stems.
Leaves: On stalks from lower portions of stems, leaves are 2-1/2 to 4-3/4 inches wide and palmately-divided into 5 to 7 wedge- to diamond-shaped segments with lobes with sharp tips and edges that may have a reddish tinge.
Inflorescence: Open clusters of flowers about 1-inch across on hairy, red or green branched stalks with 5 usually white or pinkish petals with pink/lavender veins; 5 hairy green sepals underneath with a reddish spike at the tip; pedicels and sepals with glandular hairs, glands purple-tipped.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, SEINet and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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