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Erodium chrysanthum - Yellow Cranesbill

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Geraniaceae (Geraniums)
Origin: Greece (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Errodium reichardii]
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Erodium chrysanthum (Yellow Cranesbill) - Silver-green fine textured leaves clothe this many-branched woody evergreen perennial and its beautiful silver fern-like foliage is as much of an attraction as its charming flowers. It stays as a low tuft about 6 inches tall and spreads to nearly 2 feet wide. The unisexual (our form is male) yellow flowers bloom are a satin texture in short sprays over a long period from late winter to fall with its heaviest bloom in the spring. Plant in sunny location with well-drained soil and water occasionally. It is hardy (useful down to USDA zone 4) and seemly evergreen to at least 15 degrees F. This is a great plant for a rock or wall garden or for a small scale groundcover in a soil that drains freely. It is native to Greece where it grows in limestone scree and sandy soil in the mountains in the Peloponnese region north into central Greece between 4,600 and 6,900 feet. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'erodios' which means "heron" for the beak shape of the fruit in the same manner that Geranium comes from 'geranos' meaning "crane" and Pelargonium comes from 'pelargos' meaning "stork". The specific epithet is the Latin word for "golden" and another common name for this plant is Golden Storksbill. Erodium chrysanthum was selected as a Great Plant Picks for the Pacific Northwest in 2007 and was a 2011 release of Plant Select, the plant introduction program of the Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Garden. We first got this exceptionally nice plant in 1989 from Native Sons Nursery in Arroyo Grande, California and have grown it since 1993.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Erodium chrysanthum.