Meadow Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium
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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Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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

Regional

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

Grayling, Michigan (2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.