Western or Oregon geranium is a sweet, easy to grow perennial with abundantly-blooming, delicate pink flowers. It is a wonderful native alternative to the plethora of ornamental varieties of geranium. Like its ornamental cousins, western geranium eventually forms dense patches of profusely blooming foliage and is a classy and carefree choice for woodland gardens with plenty of dappled sunlight.
- Plant type/canopy layer: deciduous, perennial, herbaceous plant
- Size at maturity: 18-30" tall, 6-18" wide
- Light requirements: full sun, part sun / part shade
- Moisture requirements: moist to dry soil
- Bloom time: May - July
- Growth rate/ease: fast growth rate, easy to grow
- Wildlife support: flowers attract and provide nectar for adult butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators; overall plant is a caterpillar host plant and larval food source for native butterflies and moths
- Native habitat/range: uncommon in meadows and west-side forests, oak woodlands, and open prairies west of the Cascade Mountains from near sea level to 1800m, mainly in Oregon, although found in a few places in Washington, California and Montana. Portland Plant List - no.
- Special features & uses: landscape uses include meadowscapes, pollinator gardens, woodland gardens
Gardening with Western Geranium: Western geranium is easy to establish and brings quick rewards to even the most novice of gardeners. It prefers areas with dappled light and moist, well-drained soils. Provide these simple conditions and this plant will bring perennial delight.
Photo Credits: Nikkie West, Sparrowhawk Native Plants