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Plant Guide

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.

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