Carolina Geranium, wild geranium, Carolina crane’s-bill, cranesbill
Description: annual or biennial
Place of origin: North America
Urban habitat: commonly found in waste areas, sandy soils, abandoned fields, lawns, along roadsides, railroads; drought-tolerant.
Ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for wildlife.
History: Native to North America, Geranium carolinianum is considered weedy due to its ability to thrive in disturbed landscapes. It is currently listed as endangered in New Hampshire. The plant has been found to have medicinal benefits, for treatment of diarrhea, stomachache, and tumors.