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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. 

This information about Erodium chrysanthum displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.