Dwarf crane's bill

Geranium himalayense | Also known as: hardy geranium, Crane's bill, Geranium | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A distinctive geranium that enjoys everyday of the week, as long as it's 'Sun'-day

Geranium himalayense var. alpinum is a small perennial alpine that has distinctive and attractive flowers. Several common names exist, including Himalayan cranesbill and geranium himalayense ‘gravetye’. This plant is renowned for its big blue flowers that have a deep red centre and dark violet veins. Himalayan cranesbill is best grown in a sunny place as it will only tolerate partial shade. Full sun will also encourage the leaves to change from green to orangey-red in the autumn, adding some seasonal interest. It’s also essential that G. himalayense var. alpinum is never allowed to dry out as it’s not drought tolerant.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Mound-forming
  • Spreading
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
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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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