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PlantFiles: Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium
Geranium x oxonianum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: x oxonianum (oks-oh-nee-AH-num) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Oct 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Funnel-shaped flowers, white to silvery pink, marked with darker veins. Bloom continues intermittently over a long season.

Foliage can be evergreen in Z8, but here it's deciduous. Some cultivars have attractive brown-purple markings on the leaves.

I've grown a couple of cultivars, and I've found them to do well here (Boston Z6a). Reasonably vigorous, but none got over about 16" tall.

Most easily propagated by division. They self-sow a bit---not weedily or aggressively---but the offspring will not come true.

A naturally occurring hybrid between G. endressi and G. versicolor.

Positive Weezingreens On Jul 28, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I'm as fond of the foliage of this geranium as I am the flowers. The leaves are large, and the margins are edged in a darker color.

Positive PurplePansies On Jun 26, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Geranium oxonianum like most hardy geraniums is easy to grow. It has pretty pink/veined (different shades .... pale through bubblegum) of pink flowers. The foliage is nice like most hardy geraniums but not my favorite in a geranium.... its just ok. Not my favorite but not a bad geranium.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Kalama, Washington

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