[The Geraniums of the Columbia R. Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium

Geranium molle

Flower of Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle

The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of dove's foot geranium as seen at Catherine Creek, central Columbia River Gorge...................May 14, 2006. Note the bi-lobed tips to the petals, the dark veins in the petals, the 10 stamens and 5 spreading stigmas.

Leaves of Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle The photo at right shows the basal leaves of dove's foot geranium.
Characteristics:

Dove's foot geranium is an annual herb with wooly-haired stems branching from the base and spreading or ascending from 10-40 cm high. Plants can also be fairly glandular on the stems and peduncles. The leaf blades are kidney-shaped, measure 2-5 cm wide with the margins divided about 2/3 of the way to the base into 5-7 wide lobes. Each lobe is itself divided about half their length into 3-5 segments or lobes.

The slender, woolly peduncles are typically longer than the subtending leaves and bear 2 flowers. The soft-hairy sepals lack bristles at their tips. The 5 rose-purple petals are each bi-lobed at their tips and measure 3-5 mm long, or slightly longer than the sepals. 10 fertile stamens are present, with the inner filaments connected into a tube about 1 mm long at their base. The stylar column is 6-8 mm long with the threadlike beak about 2-3 mm long.


Habitat:

As a weedy species, dove's foot geranium may be found in disturbed locations such as waste areas, fields, lawns, roadsides and gardens.


Range:

A European species, dove's foot geranium has now been widely introduced throughout much of North America and to the west of the Cascade Mts. in Oregon and Washington.

In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 100'-600' from the Sandy River east to near The Dalles, OR.


Calyx and petals of Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle

The photo above shows a view of the underside of the flower of the dove's foot geranium. Note the softly hairy sepals which are at least one-third shorter than the petals and the spreading hairs on the peduncle. Photographed at Catherine Creek, central Columbia River Gorge...................May 14, 2006.

Leaf of Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle

The photo above shows a stem leaf of dove's foot geranium. Note the spreading hairs and small glands on the dorsal surface. Photographed at Catherine Creek, central Columbia River Gorge...................May 14, 2006.

Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle

Dovefoot geranium blooming along the lower portion of the Cherry Orchard Trail just east of the Lyle Tunnels in the Columbia River Gorge............April 28, 2011.

Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle

Dove's-foot geranium in bloom at Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge..............May 10, 2009.

Calyx of Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle - Basal leaf of Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle - Dovefoot Geranium, Dove's Foot Geranium: Geranium molle

Additional close-up photos of dovefoot geranium as seen on disturbed soils in the Labyrinth, mid-Columbia River Gorge.................April 15, 2010.

Paul Slichter