Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Palmately cleft leaves and red stems of Geranium caespitosum

Geranium may be found in grasslands and in wooded areas, growing to a height of four feet. While some geranium species are introduced, there are many natives as well. Species found in Utah and New Mexico include Fremont geranium (Geranium caespitosum), sticky geranium (Geranium viscosissimum), Richardson's geranium (Geranium richardsonii), and sticky purple geranium (Geranium viscosissimum).

Geraniums provide good livestock forage, particularly for sheep. Deer also graze the plants.

Flowers have five parts (petals, stamens) and display a range of colors in the lavender-pink spectrum. The leaves are palmately lobed and hairy. Stems are also hairy.

The sticky geranium has edible flowers and leaves. The Cheyenne used the leaves of Richardson's geranium medicinally and made a tea out of the roots.

Bright pink flower and new bud of Geranium caespitosum
Fruit capsules of Geranium caespitosum that remain after flowers have finished blooming
Light pink flower of Geranium caespitosum with five petals, characteristic of geraniums
Side view of pink Geranium caespitosum blossom
Rounded pink petals with darker pink veins on Geranieum richardsonii.

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