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Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill)

Bloody Cranesbill, Bloody Geranium


Putting on a great show, Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill) is an eye-catching spreading rhizomatous perennial with large, bright, magenta-pink cup-shaped flowers with dark veining, up to 1.5 in. wide (4 cm). Blooming sporadically from late spring to late summer, the elegant blooms rise atop a decorative mound of palmately lobed leaves divided into narrow lobes, that turn blood-red in fall and add attractive fall color to the landscape. This hardy Geranium is reliable, easy to grow and provides long-lasting color for any garden.

  • Clump-forming, this deciduous perennial forms a bushy mound and reaches 12-18 in. in height (30-45 cm) and 18-24 in. in spread (45-60 cm)
  • Winner of the GreatPlants award, which is a joint effort between the Nebraska Nursery, Landscape Association and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade and in well-drained soils. This plant is not fussy about climate conditions (including hot, humid weather) and soils provided they are well-drained. It is clay soil and drought tolerant.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant, this Geranium is attractive to butterflies!
  • A perfect border plant, it is a spectacular addition to beds, borders, groundcover, cottage gardens, rock gardens, underplanting roses and shrubs. One of the best choices for massed plantings.
  • Bloody Cranesbill requires very little maintenance and is generally not subject to serious pest or disease issues. May be occasionally affected by vine weevil, capsid bug, sawflies and powdery mildews
  • Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers.
  • Propagate by seed, basal cuttings or division. Easily divided in spring or fall
  • Native to Europe and Turkey
  • Geranium sanguineum is the prolific parent of many popular hybrids including:
    Geranium sanguineum 'Album' - with pure white flowers, dark green leaves divided into narrow lobes. Open in habit. 2 ft. tall (60 cm). AGM award
    Geranium 'Elke' - with soft, lilac-pink flowers, each petal with a distinctive white edge, and borne during a long flowering season. A bushy, spreading plant. 9 in. tall (20 cm)
    Geranium sanguineum 'New Hampshire Purple' - with violet flowers and a white eye. Forms elegant mounds of deeply lobed leaves that turn crimson in the fall. 18 in. tall (45 cm)
    Geranium sanguineum var. striatum - with pale lilac-pink flowers and deeper pink veining atop a compact mat of narrow-lobed dark green leaves. 6 in. tall (15cm in height). AGM award

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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