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Purple Cranesbill

Geranium × magnificum

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Geranium x magnificum

Purple Cranesbill Overview

Geranium × magnificum is a bushy herbaceous perennial, commonly known as Purple Cranesbill. It has a clumping habit, typically growing to around 70cm in height. The foliage is lobed and hairy, and its rich violet-purple flowers are relatively large, measuring between 4-5cm across. It has a short flowering season but produces many blooms in early summer. It's happy in any moderately fertile soil that is moist but well-drained, and it can survive dry periods. It grows well in part shade but will thrive in sun too. Never allow it to become waterlogged. It is suitable for a variety of garden situations, including mixed flower borders and gravel gardens. Popular with gardeners, Geranium × magnificum has earned a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Purple Cranesbill

How to propagate Purple Cranesbill


Special features of Purple Cranesbill

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies