Meadow Cranesbill

Geranium pratense

Meadow Crane's-Bill, Meadow Geranium

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed

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

Division

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

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Flowers are typically blue/violet and occasionally white.

Special features

Origin

Europe Asia

Natural climate

Temperate to cold

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Geraniaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.
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