Tall, with finely cut leaves forming a dramatic mound, Geranium pratense (Meadow Cranesbill) is a clump-forming perennial with abundant clusters of large, saucer-shaped, blue or violet flowers from late spring to mid-summer. This Geranium may even rebloom in late summer or fall if the plant is cut back after the first flush of blooms. The blossoms arise from a foliage of deeply-lobed leaves (7-9 lobes), with long, pointed teeth, that turn bronze in fall. Easy to grow, Geranium pratense stands out as one of the tallest and most vigorous cranesbills.
- Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 24-30 in. wide (60-75 cm). This species tends to self-seed freely, and naturalizes very well
- Performs best in full sun or part shade in well-drained soils. Full shade is tolerated.
- A spectacular addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens. Perfect for underplanting roses and shrubs or as a groundcover. Great for woodland gardens and for naturalizing in meadows.
- Fairly pest and disease free but watch for vine weevil, capsid bug, sawflies and powdery mildew
- Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers. Propagate by seed, or by division in spring or take basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat
- Native of Europe to Himalaya.