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PlantFiles: Marsh Crane's-bill
Geranium palustre

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Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: palustre (pal-US-tree) (Info)

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Category:
Groundcovers
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Bronze-Green
Smooth-Textured
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral coriaceous On Nov 8, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species performed well in the Chicago Botanic Garden's 2004 hardy geranium evaluations (Z5b), blooming from early June to late July +. [HYPERLINK@www.chicagobotanic.org]

The stems tend to sprawl, and the clump reaches 40" across. Foliage is green, not bronze.

Like most geraniums, this performs well in sun to part shade, but does not do well in heavy shade. Though in the wild it is often found in marshes, it also does well in ordinary garden conditions.

Long cultivated in English gardens, it's also generally considered weedy there.



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