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A picture of a Armenian Cranesbill

Armenian Cranesbill

Geranium psilostemon

Also known as

Armenian geranium

0 Geranium psilostemon ‘Bressingham Fair’ - Yvoire by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of some Geranium psilostemon flowers
A green Geranium psilostemon plant with purple blooms
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Armenian Cranesbill Overview

Geranium psilostemon is a herbaceous perennial, commonly known by the name Armenian Cranesbill. It has a clumping habit, producing lobed leaves which develop a red tinge in the autumn. Flowers measure around 4cm across, they are bright pink-purple, with black centres. Geranium psilostemon is best grown in moist, well-draining, moderately fertile soil, and is happy in partial shade, but performs best in a sunny site. It is suitable for many garden situations from ground cover in borders, to wildlife gardens, to banks and slopes, to containers. Like other Geraniums, it is low-maintenance - but may need staking when in full growth. This species has earnt 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 Armenian Cranesbill

How to propagate Armenian Cranesbill


Basal cuttings in spring.


In spring

Special features of Armenian Cranesbill

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Autumn colour

Ground cover

Other uses of Armenian Cranesbill

Ground cover, border, ornamental