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Geranium sanguineum

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jer-AY-nee-um san-gwin-EE-um
Description

Bloody cranesbill geranium is an herbaceous perennial in the Geraniaceae family.  The long, slender beak-like fruit gives cranesbill geranium its common name.  The perennial Geraniums do not resemble the annual, zonal Geranium, which is related, but in the genus Pelargonium; the southeastern native.  It works well massed as a ground cover or planted in a border or rock garden.

Seasons of Interest:

  Bloom: Spring, April-May

Wildlife Value: Nectar from flowers attracts butterflies and bees.  Members of the genus Geranium support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Ptilandrena) distans.  Tolerates damage by deer and rabbits.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems but there is some susceptibility to leaf spots and rust. 

This plant may be confused with: Geranium maculatum  (a handsome perennial garden plant).

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Sun and Shade Demo Garden, Buncombe County
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#deciduous#full sun tolerant#perennials#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#specialized bees#summer flowers#groundcover#rock gardens#border planting#spring interest#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly#Buncombe County Sun and Shade Garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#deciduous#full sun tolerant#perennials#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#specialized bees#summer flowers#groundcover#rock gardens#border planting#spring interest#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly#Buncombe County Sun and Shade Garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Geranium
    Species:
    sanguineum
    Family:
    Geraniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe to Caucasus
    Wildlife Value:
    Nectar from flowers attract butterflies and bees.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    The long, slender beak-like fruit
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits