The perfect size for a border edging, in the rock garden or in mixed containers. Categories: fall , general interest , spring , summer | Tags: geranium family , Geranium pratense , hardy geraniums , meadown cranesbill , meadown geranium , spring flowering plants | Permalink striatum; Meadow rue Thalictrum isopyroides 'Dark Reiter' geranium Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter' 'Ballerina' scented geranium Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’ Bloody cranesbill Geranium sanguineum The leaves are 7-toothed and much more deeply lobed than the Wood Cranesbill ( Geranium sylvaticum ). Large leaves and radial white or purple veins only add to the attractiveness of the flowers. It is an attractive, familiar plant growing tall in meadows and verges, recognised by the flash of violet-blue flowers. Meadow Cranesbill Overview. This is one of my favorite plants. It is the parent of many garden varieties of hardy Geraniums. For the best selection go to California-based online vendor Geraniaceae, (415) 461-4168; www.geraniaceae.com . From the beginning, I was amazed how it simply stayed in bloom. It has had no special care, left to its own for watering and everything else, growing in tough, heavy clay. Join our friendly community that shares tips and ideas for gardens, along with seeds and plants. A unique form of Meadow Cranesbill, this forms a low mound of glossy purple-black leaves that hold their colour well through the whole season. For natural areas, Geranium maculatum is a woodland geranium native to eastern North America, and G. pratense is a meadow species – with the double-flowered cultivar ‘Plenum violaceum’ receiving the Royal Horticulture Society’s coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Related Plants. Striped bloody cranesbill Geranium sanguineum var. It is also a popular garden plant … It flowers between June and August, colouring the roadsides of areas like the Cotswolds. The Border selections of Cranesbill Geranium are valuable fillers for colour in early to mid summer. Flowers are cup-shaped, violet-blue and held in loose sprays overtop of the foliage. The flowering time is often very abundant, and in autumn the plant turns a lovely shade of red to boot. The striking bluish-violet flowers of Meadow crane's-bill can be seen in lowland hay meadows, roadside verges and grasslands, particularly ones on chalky soils. Meadow cranesbill is a little harder to find. I planted one in our wildflower meadow in Vermont over a decade ago, and very few other flowers have rewarded us so richly. Meadow Cranesbill Botanical Name Geranium pratense Min Zone 4 Max Zone 7 Height 2 to 3 feet Width 1 to 2 feet Flowers Late spring to early summer: blue to purple, white Light Full sun Soil Moist, well-drained Planting & Care. Meadow Cranesbill: USDA Zone: 3-9: Plant number: 1.230.470. 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