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Geranium pratense

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: pratense (pray-TEN-see) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sallyg On Mar 22, 2009, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew two of these from seed. They were sure hardy as seedlings- I neglected them badly, but they took off when they got in the ground.

Neutral PurplePansies On May 21, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Not the showiest geranium in my opinion except for the showier cultivars.... mine has pale lavender flowers and the typical nice geranium type leaves.... no interesting scent.... easy care. :)

Neutral Baa On Aug 31, 2002, Baa wrote:

A herbaceous perennial from Europe and Asia.

Has large, hairy, deeply lobed, toothed leaves with divided lobes. Bears saucer shaped, outward facing, veined, blue, white or lavender flowers much loved by bees.

Flowers May - July

Loves well-drained, fertile soil in sun or light shade. It will tolerate quite a wide range of garden situation except where the soil lies wet for long periods of time.

Can grow quite large so give it plenty of space. Remove old leaves and flowers to encourage it to produce new ones.


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

Grayling, Michigan (2 reports)

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