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Geranium sanguineum

  • Common Name
    Bloody Cranesbill
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Perennial
  • Size
    12" x 24"
  • Flower Color
    Pink to Purple
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Deeply Divided Dark Green Leaves
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    Invasive
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    A hummock-forming, spreading perennial that has cup-shaped pink to purple flowers, borne singly above deeply divided, fern-like green leaves. Can be used as a ground cover. It is covered with flowers in May and June but can start to look a little ragged by late summer. This is a perfect companion plant for any of the leggy perennials or for your roses.

    Plant in well-drained soil in a sunny location for best blooms. Will grow in part shade but doesn't produce as many flowers. Trim back in early spring for more compact plants.

    No serious insect or disease problems.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This is a lovely plant for a rock garden. Will naturalize in the right conditions. Can survive with little water but foliage looks better with some water.

  • Varietals
    N / A