Geranium maculatum, the wild or wood geranium, is blooming now in Harrington Park! Wild geraniums are native to eastern North America and can be found as far west as Oklahoma. This herbaceous perennial plant found in dry to moist woods and grows ~ 60 cm tall. It has palmately lobed leaves and has flowers with 5 petals and 10 stamens. The color of the petals can vary from purple to pale violet-purple and the plant typically blooms in late spring to early summer. These wild geraniums were photographed at the edge of woods on May 12th. (There were several other native wild flowers blooming nearby– if you are out for a walk in the woods- or at the edge of woods in the next few weeks– look down and you will enjoy the delicate beauty of native spring wildflowers!).
It was fun to try to identify this plant—I searched under pink five petal wild flower New Jersey and found some wonderful sites. This is the photo that confirmed my ID: http://www.npsnj.org/www/photo_pages_gsmnp/geranium_maculatum_gsmnp.html Read more about wild geraniums at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium_maculatum. Enjoy photos of other New Jersey spring wildflowers on the Native Plant Society of New Jersey website (they have a Bergen chapter—with local activities): http://www.npsnj.org/photo_galleries/photo_gallery_spring.html. Another interesting and informative site is: http://uswildflowers.com/stateref.php?State=NJ