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PlantFiles: Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium
Geranium x oxonianum 'Claridge Druce'

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)
Cultivar: Claridge Druce

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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 rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive otter47 On Apr 2, 2013, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

This is one tough hardy geranium, requiring only moderate amounts of water through the long California dry summer. The plant stays green all year and increase by outward growth of the clump and by self-sown seeds. After a few years, you'll have divisions or new plants to give to friends and neighbors. It responds very well to cutting back severely after its first bloom cycle, and we sometimes get 3 cycles of bloom in a year. All in all a highly recommended plant for easy care gardening..

Positive suguy On Nov 25, 2011, suguy from Simi Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I use this plant all the time as an accent and filler in my landscape designs.
Claridge Druce is long-lived, tolerant of many types of soils and sites and requires little care to grow and flourish.

Positive Leehallfae On Jun 3, 2011, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a zero care perennial. Kick some soil onto it, and leave it.
Claridge Druce can survive freezing temperatures and temps over 108F.

It has very attractive foliage, and grows to about 2 1/2 feet.

Positive straea On Jun 13, 2009, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

If I had read the previous comment before planting this, I don't think I even would have tried, and I would have missed out! The only care I've ever given this plant is that I watered it regularly for several weeks after planting it because it kept drooping in my hot, windy, sloped garden. This was almost exactly two years ago, and if I had it to do over, I'd have planted it in spring instead of summer, so it could have adjusted before the onset of summer.

Since then, I've just left it alone. I've never deadheaded it, fertilized it, nor sheared it back, and it's done just fine. (I have never had a single seedling.) It is the toughest full-sized cranesbill I've ever grown, prospering in my (as I mentioned) hot, windy, sloped garden. It just put out its first flower of the year a couple days ago. As the previous comment perhaps made clear, I don't think this is the greatest plant for those that like their gardens to look magazine-photo-perfect; it fits in well in a cottage garden, where it can be especially appreciated for its charms.

Neutral ladygardener1 On May 14, 2006, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Plant goes through stages, comes up as a very uniform mounding plant needs support as it flowers and becomes "wild" or heavy. Can be mannaged if cut back to ground and it will revive nicely to its mounded form.

I find it will reseed so either keep the plant cut down after flowering or have lots to give away or relocate.

I like the plant, but it needs attention to keep it looking nice.


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

Livermore, California
Simi Valley, California
New Milford, Connecticut
Flora, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Somerville, Massachusetts
Holland, Michigan
Cincinnati, Ohio
Mill City, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Albion, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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