Useful for difficult dry shade conditions, Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill) is a clump-forming perennial which produces a profusion of upward-facing, saucer-shaped, pale lilac-pink flowers, adorned with a creamy-white center and faint veins. The blossoms are held well above the foliage of shiny, medium green leaves, which is divided into 5-7 diamond-shaped lobes and turns fawn and red in fall. The flowers are followed by distinctive, beaked seed capsules which give rise to the common name of crane's bill. This Cranesbill is a perfect addition to rock gardens, borders or meadows.
- Blooming for 6-7 weeks from late spring to early summer, and sometimes reblooming in the fall, this hardy geranium is reliable and easy to grow.
- Grows from a compact rootstock up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and spreads up to 12-18 in. (30-45 cm). This Geranium seeds readily and will naturalize in optimum growing conditions.
- Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, light to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates poor soils. Drought tolerant once established.
- Attractive to butterflies, but deer and rabbit resistant!
- Great addition to beds and borders. Perfect for rock gardens, prairies and meadows or cottage gardens. Effective ground cover.
- Watch for vine weevil, sawflies, powdery mildew or downy mildew
- Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, and may be lightly sheared back to revitalize.
- Propagate by seed, basal softwood cuttings in early to mid spring or division in spring
- Native to North America