Geranium dissectum
cut-leaf crane's-bill

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California and Nevada; widely distributed in central and eastern North America.

Habitat: Disturbed ground and waste places.

Flowers: March-July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, wasps, beetles


Annual with stiff, spreading hairs, usually glandular above; stems 1.5-6 dm. long, spreading to erect.


Leaves long-petiolate, the blades cordate-rotund, 2-6 cm. broad, palmately parted nearly to the base, the 5-7 divisions from shallowly-lobed on the lower leaves to dissected into linear segments on the upper leaves.


Pedicels usually 2, about equal to the peduncle and calyx; sepals 5, 4-5 mm. long, bristle-tipped, elongating in fruit; petals 5, pink to purplish, with a shallow notch, equal to the sepals; fertile stamens 10, the filaments free; stylar column 1.5 cm. long with a beak 2-3 mm. long, stigmas up to 1mm.


Mericarps 5, 2.3-2.9 mm, not ridged, sparsely covered with bristly hairs, prong at base; seeds honey-combed.

Accepted Name:
Geranium dissectum L.
Publication: Cent. Pl. I 21. 1755.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Geranium laxum Hanks
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Geranium dissectum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Geranium dissectum checklist entry

OregonFlora: Geranium dissectum information

E-Flora BC: Geranium dissectum atlas page

CalPhotos: Geranium dissectum photos

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