Crane's bill

Geranium | Also known as: Geranium | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Every breath you take… may be easier with Geranium, which is used in herbal medicine for respiratory ailments.

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.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 0.7
Spread [m]
  • 0.9 - 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Yellow
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z2 -11
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
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