Geranium psilostemon

Geranium psilostemon

Cranesbill

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Geranium psilostemon
  • Common name: Cranesbill
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 75cm

Spread: 90cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Autumn colour, Flowers

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The bright magenta black-eyed flowers of Geranium psilostemon liven up the garden, filling the gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the roses. Although the flowering season is fairly short, in midsummer, this species has superb deeply divided foliage which makes a good foil for later summer flowers. In autumn the leaves turn fiery red and team well with autumnal fruits or berries. It's the perfect choice for a cottage garden or herbaceous border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Geranium psilostemon in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove faded flowers to rejuvenate plants, and divide congested clumps in spring.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Divide
Divide
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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
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Prune
Prune
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Collect seed
Collect seed
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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