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Meadow Cranesbill

Geranium pratense

Also known as

Meadow Geranium

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Meadow Cranesbill Overview

Geranium pratense is a native plant in Great Britain. It is an attractive, familiar plant growing tall in meadows and verges, recognised by the flash of violet-blue flowers. It is the parent of many garden varieties of hardy Geraniums. Geranium comes from the Greek noun 'geranos' meaning Crane, which is a reference to the beak-like seed capsule.

Common problems with Meadow Cranesbill

Generally pest and disease free.

How to harvest Meadow Cranesbill

Seed can be collected in late summer and sown in spring or scattered in the garden.

How to propagate Meadow Cranesbill


Can be grown from seed in spring in pots, but division is much easier.


Propagate by division in spring or autumn, and either grow-on in pots or plant out into new position.


You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer. The cultivars should be propagated by division or cuttings only.

Special features of Meadow Cranesbill

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Flowers are typically blue/violet and occasionally white.

Other uses of Meadow Cranesbill

Ground cover, border, edging, rock garden, meadow.


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