Geranium pratense

Meadow cranesbill

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Hardy perennial

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Geranium pratense

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Cranesbill, or hardy geraniums, are perennial border plants with saucer-shaped flowers in shades of pink, purple and blue. They're easy to grow, thrive in shade and flower for months. Geraniums are popular in cottage garden schemes and offer a long season of pollen and nectar for a number of pollinators, particularly bees.

Geranium pratense produces saucer-shaped flowers in shades of white, blue or violet, from early to mid-summer. There are many beautiful varieties of this plant which have been selected for their particularly fine flower colours.

Trouble-free, Geranium pratense thrives in most soils, except boggy ones. When the clump gets too large, simply lift the plant in spring and divide into smaller pieces.

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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