Geranium viscosissimum (Purple Sticky Geranium) - photos and description

 

 

 

 

 

General: Robust perennials with a branching growth habit. Foliage covered in glandular hairs making the entire plant sticky to the touch, particularly the flowering stems and flower clusters. Quite a showy garden plant.

Flowers: Inflorescence cymose, flowers showy, reddish purple to pink, 3 cm in diameter, flowering begins mid to late June.

Leaves: Leaves mostly basal and long-stalked, palmate, divided into 3 to 5 lobes. We measured a leaf at 13 cm in diameter.

Height: Height listed in the Budd's Flora to 90 cm, we measured plants to 67 cm tall.

Habitat: Prairie slopes in the Cypress Hills.

Abundance: Rated rare provincially, ranked as an S2 (as of 2019) from the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre. Fairly common on hillsides and prairie meadows in the Cypress Hills.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken July 8th, west block of the Cypress Hills, about 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.