WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA CRANESBILL (Geranium carolinianum)
Flowers can appear pink or white depending on age. Seed pods look like the bill of a crane giving it the common name. A spring groundcover.
Feeds deer, small mammals and birds, especially mourning doves and northern bobwhite.
seeds are reported to have astringent, febrifuge, diuretic and nephritic properties (source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw017)
Said to be edible but bitter: http://www.eattheweeds.com/erodium-circutarium-geranium-carolinianum-two-bills-you-want-to-get-2/
Interesting time lapse information on pollination of this plant: http://naturedocumentaries.org/3046/geranium-pollination/
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