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Bloody Cranesbill

Geranium sanguineum

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Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Geranium sanguineum flowers

Geranium sanguineum flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Geranium sanguineum in fall

Geranium sanguineum in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Geranium sanguineum in bloom

Geranium sanguineum in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Ornamental Features

Bloody Cranesbill has masses of beautiful fuchsia flowers with white eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are dark green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous dark red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bloody Cranesbill is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Bloody Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bloody Cranesbill will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Bloody Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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