Geranium dissectum

cutleaf geranium, cut-leaf crane’s-bill, common geranium, wrinkle seeded cranesbill

Description: annual or biennial

Place of origin: Europe, Asia, North Africa

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: Geranium dissectum is considered invasive, particularly in parts of the southern U.S. The whole plant has been used medicinally externally as an antiseptic and internally to treat diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, internal bleeding, and excessive menstruation.