Geranium sanguineum

Geranium sanguineum

Cranesbill

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Geranium sanguineum
  • Common name: Cranesbill
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 20cm

Spread: 30cm

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

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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 sanguineum has fine fresh green foliage, which makes a good summer-long background for its mallow-like pink flowers. It's ideal for growing under a very light canopy of 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. 

Grow Geranium sanguineum in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to prolong flowering. Plants self seed readily.

Position

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

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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