- Common Name(s):
- Bloodred geranium, Bloody cranesbill geranium, Bloody geranium
- Groundcover, Perennials
Bloody cranesbill geranium is an herbaceous prennial 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. Works well massed as a ground cover or planted in a boarder or rock garden.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Spring, April-May
Wildlife Value: Nectar from flowers attract 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 suseptiblity to leaf spots and rust.
This plant may be confused with: Geranium maculatum (a handsome perennial garden plant).
- Spring, summer
- 9-12 in.
- Flower Color:
- USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8
- Reddish purple to pale pink flowers
- Partial shade to shade
- 12-18 in.; spread of 18 in. in mid-spring and summer
- Herbaceous perennial
- Division spring or fall, cuttings, seed
- Full sun to partial shade
- Moist soil best, but drought tolerant
- Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
- Europe, Asia
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 289