Geranium

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

Geranium thunbergii has purple antlers. All of the other geraniums used to laugh and call it names. They never let poor thunbergii join in any geranium games.

Geranium thunbergii is a hardy herbaceous perennial. Often simply called thunberg’s geranium, this plant has white flowers with soft lilac veining. Its anthers are also purple, providing additional interest to this garden specimen. Thunberg’s geranium is best grown in a moist shady spot where it works well as groundcover and helps to prevent weeds spreading. This vigorous grower will spread well each season, making it an ideal plant for under-planting in shadier areas of the garden. It also works well in pots as long as the soil is well-drained but moisture retentive.

Rate it:
Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
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
  • Z4-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • 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 sun, Partial shade, Full shade

Crane's bill 'Natalie'

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