Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Early to Mid Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Bloody Cranesbill Hardy Geranium

Geranium sanguineum
A cherished heirloom Spirit that brings a welcome splash of color to gardens of all types

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Tough as an old boot, but pretty as a picture! This extraordinary Hardy Geranium is an easy choice for novice gardeners wanting a punch of color in their landscapes without a lot of fuss. The peppy plant serves up weeks of intense magenta-purple blossoms that glow in the late spring and early summer sunshine. Later in the year, when autumn makes itself known with chilling frosts, its lovely lobed leaves make an encore color splash by turning bright scarlet-red. Use its low, spreading habit to advantage at the front of mixed borders or let it spill over a retaining wall.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Early to Mid Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Don’t confuse Hardy Geraniums with the bright red and orange Geraniums you buy as annuals every year. The latter, known botanically as Pelargoniums, are originally from South Africa and are cold-hardy in only the mildest regions of the country. Hardy Geraniums, on the other hand, come from Europe, Asia, and North America. This Hardy Geranium is native to Europe. The species is often called Bloody Cranesbill. “Cranesbill” refers to the beaklike shape of the seed capsules, and “Bloody” is a macabre way to describe the beautiful red tones the leaves take on in fall!

The Details

Easy-care Bloody Cranesbill Hardy Geranium is perfect for enlivening cottage gardens, flowery meadows, and informal outdoor living spaces. It has a rustic simplicity that suits it to laid-back spaces. But don’t think you can’t use it in more manicured gardens as well! Its foliage is neat and pleasing to look at, and it smothers pesky weeds like a living mulch.

How to Grow

For the greatest flower production and densest habit, you’ll want to site Bloody Cranesbill Hardy Geranium in full sun. Part shade is your next best option, and some shade may be preferable in very hot climates. Give it average soil; overly rich conditions encourage floppy growth. Water regularly, but don’t worry if you miss a watering now and then. It can withstand short periods of drought. The foliage often looks good well into winter—you may not need to trim plants back until early spring. When the time comes, simply cut back old growth to make way for the new.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 9-18"
Avg Mature Width 12-18"
Leaf Color Dark Green
Fall Leaf Color Shades of Red
Flower Color Magenta to Purple Crimson
Bloom Time Early to Mid Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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