WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA CRANESBILL (Geranium carolinianum)
Flowers are white or a light pink. Seeds are food for birds especially ground feeders such as doves and quail. also a diet for small mammals such as rodents. The seeds are reported to have astringent, febrifuge, diuretic and nephritic properties. GREAT NEcTAR source!
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Geranium
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3848
Interesting time lapse information on pollination of this plant: http://naturedocumentaries.org/3046/geranium-pollination/
Said to be Edible BUT BITTER: http://www.eattheweeds.com/erodium-circutarium-geranium-carolinianum-two-bills-you-want-to-get-2/