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The Wild Geranium is the showiest of the native geraniums with flowers at least 1" across. All of the others are far less showy because they have smaller flowers. There is a European species, Geranium pratense (Meadow Geranium), with equally large flowers, but it has not been observed in the wild in Illinois. This species has a similar appearance to the Wild Geranium, except that the hairs on the flowering stalks and pedicels are sticky glandular, and the leaves are more divided and finely cut. Another European species, Geranium sanguineum (Long-Stalked Geranium), is rarely observed in Illinois. It has flowers with notched petals and the foliage is divided into more narrow lobes.

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