What plant is that?

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Carolina Cranesbill
Photo credit: Francis Underwood

This plant is an annual, 6” to 24” tall, blooms in May and June and grows in waste places and fields. The flowers are light pink to white in color. I have seen it at only one site in RI, along an abandoned railroad track. Its population can be explosive, with hundreds of plants some years. In other years you may see only a few plants.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Geranium carolinianum
Common Name:
  Carolina Cranesbill
  Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
  Meadows, fields, roadsides, railroads
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