Red geraniums always remind me of Italy but there is something about small white geraniums that make me think of fairies and happy little ghosts. They are a little surprise as they grow in woods, thickets and along shady roadsides, looking fragile and yet more resilient than they appear.
An infusion of geranium was used as an antiseptic or mouthwash while dried powder sprinkled on cuts was known to stop bleeding immediately. A strong tea solution was applied to breast to stop milk flow. It was also used externally as a folk cancer remedy.
The Latin name of this particular species is attributed to Scottish botanist Sir John Richardson who travelled with Sir John Franklin on the expedition to the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage.