Wild cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), also known as wild geranium, spotted geranium, spotted cranesbill, and wood geranium, is a perennial that’s at its best in mid- to late spring, when the bushy, 12- to 18-inch-tall plants produce an abundance of single, purplish pink flowers. ‘Espresso’ is a selection with chocolate (or should I say “coffee”?) brown foliage; its seedlings usually also share that trait but some may have green leaves instead. You wouldn’t think the foliage and flower colors would look good together, but they do–particularly when paired with chartreuse, such as lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) flowers or the foliage of ‘Gold Heart’ bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) or a golden hosta.
Spotted geranium can grow in full sun and average, well-drained soil but is at its best in partial shade with moist, rich soil. Native to much of eastern North America, the species is generally hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 8. Once you get the plant established, it is likely to self-sow.
I collected these seeds in mid-June 2020. Each packet contains at least 10 seeds