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Geranium sanguineum

Bloody cranesbill

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, Purple


Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Geranium sanguineum

Plant details

Geranium sanguineum is a charming British native wildflower, perfect for well behaved flowering ground cover their fine fresh green foliage making a good summer-long background for the mallow-like flowers. Grow under a very light canopy of well spaced shrubs or roses, among taller perennials in a cottage garden, or towards the front of a border. It is also ideal for wild gardens and on banks. Plants self seed gently, but this can give rise to some interesting mongrels where several geranium species are grown together.

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Geranium

Species: sanguineum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

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