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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 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 flower forms and winter foliage color, the form we grow has fuchsia-colored flowers and we rarely get cold enough to see much fall color in the foliage. Flowering commences in late spring and continues through summer. It will occasionally reseed in the irrigated garden but certainly is not weedy.

Plant in full sun to light shade and water regularly to occasionally. It is cold hardy to USDA Zone 5, taking temperatures down to near 0 degrees F.

Geranium sanguineum comes from rocky and sandy soils throughout much of southern Europe into Turkey. 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. It is a large genus with over 430 species distributed throughout most of the world, except in lowland tropical areas. The specific Latin name sanguineum means blood red in reference to the typical flower color of the species and the color of the leaves in fall. We have been growing this great little plant since 1983. 

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