Broad-Petalled Geranium

Geranium platypetalum | Also known as: Crane's bill, Geranium | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

The Broad-Petalled Geranium is perfect for the novice gardener. Just call your plot a wildlife garden and anything goes.

Geranium platypetalum is a herbaceous perennial plant that’s from the Caucasus area located between Europe and Asia. Also known as broad-petalled geranium, it produces violet-coloured flowers with large petals during the late spring and early summer months. This wild variety of geranium is ideal for wildlife gardens, and should be planted in a sunny or partly shady spot. Broad-petalled geranium prefers nutrient rich soil that isn’t allowed to dry out, so mulching around your plants is a good idea. It’s also extremely hardy, and will return year after year.

Rate it:
Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.4 - 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.4 - 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Mound-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and easy care
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
18 Related plants
Geranium

Crane's bill

PLANTS Geranium

Geranium is a large genus of plants, commonly called cranesbill, containing around 422 species. Plants are annual, biennial and perennial, and though mostly common to the Mediterranean, can be found in temperate and tropical regions too. Geraniums are characterised by their cleft and broadly circular leaves and the five-petalled flowers that come in colours of pink, purple, white and blue. Flowers often have distinctive veining for additional attraction. Plants normally bloom extremely well and as they grow in most conditions, are a garden favourite. Some species can also be pruned back hard after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms.

Crane's bill 'Kirsty'

PLANTS Geranium 'Kirsty' | -29°C - -1°C beginner Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade

Crane's bill 'Natalie'

PLANTS Geranium 'Natalie' | -7°C - 4°C beginner Full sun, Full shade, Partial shade