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Geranium sanguineum - Cranesbill
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Geraniaceae (Geraniums)
Origin: Europe, Southern (Europe)
Flower Color: Fuchsia Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Geranium sanguineum (Cranesbill) - This bushy low-growing perennial comes from the rocky and sandy soils throughout much of southern Europe into Turkey where it forms tight 1 to 1 foot tall mounds of 2-4 inch wide leaves that are divided into 5 to 7 segments which in turn are 3 lobed. Although often referred to as the Bloody Cranesbill, in reference to its dark red forms, our form has fuchsia colored flowers. Flowering commences in late spring and continues through summer. It will often reseed in the garden. It takes moderate watering, and will do well in the sun or light shade. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5, taking temperatures down to near 0 degrees F. The etymology of the genus name Geranium, and the family Geraniaceae, is derived from the Greek word, 'geranos' which means "crane" from the seed capsule's resemblance to beak of this bird. We have been growing this great little plant since 1983.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Geranium sanguineum.