Cranebill (Geranium) - PlantGeranium sanguineum
These plants grow stronger each year.
A really striking cranesbill with unusual, bright lilac flowers and a grey-green foliage. Perfect in your border or for edging a path. Geranium sanguineum is very easily grown. Be amazed by this wondrous plant!Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreDig a wide hole for the geranium sanguinieum and loosen the soil with a fork. Improve the soil with a mix of compost and well-rotted manure. Plant the French Cranesbill so that the top of the root ball in just below soil level. Fill the hole and heel well in. Water immediately. The pale pink French Cranesbill will thrive in full sun or part shade in fertile, permeable soil.
Combining geraniumsThe attractive leaf of Geranium sanguineum makes it great to have around both before and after flowering too. This plant forms a clump and covers the ground. The lilac flowers look great together with stachys (Stachys officinalis ‘Rosea’) veronica (Veronic spicata) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis).
Show moreGeranium sanguineum is an easily grown perennial requiring little or no maintenance. Just ensure that the soil does not dry out too much. Cut back the whole plant to 3 cm above ground level after flowering to encourage reflowering. Split the plant every three years to rejuvenate it. While this plant does prefer moist, well-drained soil, it can tolerate drought rather well! A perfect garden resident!
Cranesbill in winterIn autumn, the leaves change to red and yellow. That in itself is a magnificent sight! Before winter, the stems will die above ground. Cover the plants in winter with a layer of fallen leaves. Give a litte garden manure early in spring. Remove all leaves in early spring. You will soon see new shoots coming out of the ground.
Show moreOne of the geraniums (Geraniaceae), this plant’s flowers are a great favourite with butterflies and bees. The rhizome spreads gradually and is not too invasive at all.
- Extra information
Latin name Geranium sanguineum Delivery type Supplied as container plant Guarantee 5 years guarantee Color Purple Light preference full sun , partial sun Scented not scented Flowers for cutting no Flowering period June - September Growing height 10 - 20 cm Planting distance 20 - 30 cm