Wild geranium, Geranium maculatum
Sun: Part Sun to Full Shade
Wild geranium is one of the best native woodland wildflowers for beauty in the garden. It emerges in spring with an attractive dense mound of dissected, textured leaves. In mid-spring sturdy stems rise just above the foliage, each topped with bright pink, saucer-shaped flowers. The delicate pink flowers are a favorite of pollinating insects, especially bees. It grows easily in average, well-drained soil in shady locations, but also does well in full sun. It prefers moist, organic soils, and will happily seed around to form colorful patches. It combines well with other spring-blooming perennials such as celandine poppy, woodland phlox and bleeding heart or planted as a groundcover.
* Native plant recommendations from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, plantnebraska.org