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Geranium pratense

Meadow cranesbill

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Geranium pratense

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One of Chris Baines' favourite wildflowers, Geranium pratense is stunning plant in the border. It produces saucer-shaped flowers, in shades of white, blue or violet, in early to mid-summer. There are many beautiful varieties of this plant which have been selected for their particularly fine flower colours. Trouble-free, this plant will thrive in most soils, except boggy ones. As a perennial, it will come up year after year. When the clump gets too large, simply lift the plant in spring and divide into smaller pieces. A prolific self-seeder, it is best to cut off seed heads before they mature.

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Geranium

Species: pratense

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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