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Renard's Cranesbill, Renard's Geranium
Geranium renardii

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: renardii (ren-AR-dee-eye) (Info)
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Dallas, Oregon

Sherwood, Oregon

Salt Lake City, Utah

Blaine, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

The most widely cultivated form of this species has white flowers with radiating deep purple veins. There are cultivars and at least one hybrid with violet flowers.

This bloomed only about 2 weeks for me (in partial shade). Beautiful felted, wrinkled, shallowly-lobed grayish-green foliage that's different from that of most hardy geraniums, with a color and texture that remind me of culinary sage (Salvia officinalis).

Often listed as hardy to Z5.

Requires excellent drainage, and prefers a lean diet. Native to rocky cliffs in the Caucasus. Armitage calls it tempermental. The Chicago Botanic Garden rated this species' performance as "poor".
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On Nov 22, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice foliage when out of bloom, very soft velvety leaves.


On Aug 31, 2002, Baa wrote:

A herbaceous perennial from the Caucasus.

Has hairy, green/grey, deeply veined, lobed leaves. Bears saucer shaped, white or lilac, veined flowers on which each petal is notched.

Flowers May - July

Loves a well drained, poorish soil in sun or light shade.