Montana Outdoors

May 20, 2017

Today the Geraniums began to bloom

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:16 pm

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium

Sticky Purple Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum

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  1. Great geraniums. Congrats and thanks.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — May 20, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

  2. That third photo’s a real winner. Why are they called sticky? Is it all those fine hairs that you’ve shown so nicely, or do they exude a sticky sap? They’re so different from what I see in the big box stores — even though they’re pretty, too, these have that little “something extra.”

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 21, 2017 @ 5:42 am

    • They have a gland that produces a slight sticky feeling associated with those fine hairs. It has been suggested that they may be protocarnivorous and that the fine hairs help trap potential food, but I haven’t seen that stated as a fact, rather only a suggestion or question.
      I’ve also seen ads selling seeds and so I imagine that it can be domestically cultivated. The flowers are very pretty and the leaves are attractive as well. It is native only to most of the states west of the Mississippi and domestic use makes me wonder if it will broaden its distribution to the eastern states as well.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2017 @ 7:38 am

  3. Winter must really be gone.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 21, 2017 @ 9:52 am

    • Maybe not quite gone, but it’s at bay now. I was able to drive the road to the Big Hole Lookout trail head, but after hiking about a half mile up the trail heavy snow banks are still covering most of the trail and they would get even deeper further up. So winter is gone at the valley level, but winter is still lying around on the mountains.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

  4. That’s a beautiful color, and I’ll bet it is sticky too.
    I saw some in a park yesterday but I haven’t seen any truly wild ones yet.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 21, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    • Yes, sticky it is. I see the Geranium maculatum is native to your area and it looks identical to this one. I wonder what the difference is: is it sticky too?

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

  5. Beautiful close-ups. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 24, 2017 @ 2:15 am

  6. Just the regular geraniums that I get at the nursery and have throughout the winter are sticky, too. I do love the scent of them, though. They look so different from the wild ones.

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    Comment by Candace — May 26, 2017 @ 6:40 pm

    • Yes, they are very different from the domestic ones, and don’t get nearly as large.

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      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2017 @ 7:08 pm


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