what is this?

Asked May 11, 2015, 11:28 PM EDT

it grows crazy in my garden for a short while and looks similiar to the wild geranium but leaves are very different

Clackamas County Oregon horticulture

1 Response

Oregon native plants in your photo include Claytonia sibirica and Dicentra formosa. Gallium of some kind is also present. Claytonia is sometimes called spring beauty, while the Dicentra is called Pacific bleeding heart. These are both spring plants likely to go dormant in summer. The Gallium could be a garden type, or the wild one common here is Galium aparine, sticky-weed. You'll know which by touching it. USDA NRCS information:
Gallium: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=gaap2
Dicentra: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=DIFO
Claytonia: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CLAYT