Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'

Cranesbill

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'
  • Common name: Cranesbill
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 50cm

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • White
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 white, 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 macrorrhizum 'Spessart' bears mats of aromatic foliage from which delicate soft pink to white flowers appear throughout summer. The leaves turn a beautiful bronze before falling in autumn. It's well suited to growing in rock gardens or using to edge paths. It also works well in containers.

For best results grow Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart' in a partially shaded spot in well-drained soil. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

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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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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