Cranesbill Geranium

True Perennial Geraniums

The Cranesbill Geranium is a true Geranium unlike most of the plants which are called by this name but are actually of the genus Pelargonium. Cranesbills are, usually blue, perennial Geraniums.

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The blue Geranium flowers range from true blue to violet (there are also pink and white varieties) and appear in mid to late summer. They are about an inch wide and consist of 5 petals. Many have a white or yellow eye.

Geranium cranesbill grows to 2 feet tall and twice as wide.

The bright green foliage is lobed, kind of like maple leaves. They are about 2 inches wide and form on the ends of long petioles. The leaves turn red in the fall.



Types of Cranesbills

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'Rozanne' was named 2008 perennial of the year. It is an early and prolific bloomer which will produce lavender flowers all season long. It needs no deadheading.

'Rozanne' is a low-growing, spreader but is not at all invasive.

Care of Geranium Biokovo cranesbill: This 18 inch tall plant features aromatic, dark green leaves and near white flowers which last for one month. The spicy fragrance makes up for the brief bloom season. It prefers to grow in moist soil in full sun to light shade.

You can propagate 'Biokovo' by division or cuttings.

Geranium x magnificum cranesbill produces purple flowers in early summer through early fall on plants 2 feet tall and wide.

The deeply lobed, deciduous leaves turn red or yellow as temperatures drop in the fall.

Hardy Geranium sanguineum Bloody Cranesbill is a 12-18 inch plant which adorns itself with pink-purple flowers in mid summer. It will self seed prolifically if not deadheaded.

New plants can be started by moving volunteers or sowing seed. Offsets can also be dug up and moved.

The fall foliage of hardy Geranium Bloody Cranesbill is a deep ruby red.

There are other types of Cranesbills with various flower colors.


How to Care for Perennial Geraniums

Space Cranesbill Geranium plants 18 inches apart in moist, organic soil in full sun to part shade. It will weave around other plants in the bed and fill the gaps between them.

These deer repellent plants are a great ground cover among bulbs.

Perrenial Geraniums are winter hardy in zones 5-8b.

Protect Cranesbill Geranium plants from afternoon sun in hot climates.


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