Noted for its unusual chocolate leaves, Geranium maculatum 'Espresso' (Spotted Cranesbill) is a bushy, clump-forming perennial which produces a profusion of upward-facing, saucer-shaped, pale purplish-pink flowers, adorned with a creamy-white center. The blossoms are held well above the contrasting foliage of deeply cut, chocolate leaves, which maintains its color all season. The flowers are followed by distinctive, beaked seed capsules which give rise to the common name of crane's bill and add interest. This Cranesbill is a perfect addition to rock gardens, borders and makes a very interesting ground cover.
- Blooming for 6-7 weeks weeks from late spring to early summer, this hardy geranium is reliable and easy to grow.
- Forms a loose mound up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and spreads up to 12-18 in. (30-45 cm).
- Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, light to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates heat, humidity and dry soil. 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, woodland gardens or cottage gardens. Effective ground cover or edging plant.
- 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 basal softwood cuttings in early to mid spring or division in spring. Easily divided in fall or early spring.