WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

This tailside mountain flower with sprawling to erect hairy stems has showy pinkish-purple flowers with petals that often bend backwards. Arching stamens surround the erect, elongated style. Note the deeply lobed leaves. The plant variation is described as “extensive and baffling” with 4 varieties recorded in NM.


FLOWERS: June–September. 5 dark pinkish to purple, hairy petals, usually bent backwards over 5 green, point-tipped sepals; petals rounded, 3/8–5/8-inch (10–15 mm) long, often marked with darker lines; fruit is a slender capsule, 3/4-1 1/8-inches (20–30 mm) long, pointed like a crane’s bill.


LEAVES: Opposite. Blades hairy, 5/8–2 3/4-inches (1.5–7 cm) wide, palmately lobed (like fingers on a hand), deeply cut into 3–5 segments, each cut again into 3–5 rounded to pointed lobes.


HABITAT: Moist sandy, gravelly, loam soils, roadsides, foothills, meadows; pinyon-juniper, ponderosa-oak, aspen-conifer sub-alpine forests.


ELEVATION: 6,000–11,200 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CO, NV, NM, TX, UT, WY.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Wild Geranium, G. richarsonii, widespread in much the same range and habitat, has white to pale-pink flowers and leaf lobes with pointed teeth.


NM COUNTIES: Statewide except se plains in mid- to high-elevation habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Harding, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union, Valencia.

PURPLE  GERANIUM

GERANIUM  CAESPITOSUM

Geranium Family, Geraniaceae

Perennial herb

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Palmate leaves with rounded to pointed lobes (arrow).

Sepals have long, pronounced points (arrow).

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