Hardy Geranium, Meadow Cranesbill 'Splish-splash'

Geranium pratense

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: pratense (pray-TEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Splish-splash
Additional cultivar information:(aka Splish Splash)
Synonym:Geranium pratense striatum
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Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow after last frost

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


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


Juneau, Alaska

Keystone Heights, Florida

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Manson, Iowa

Halifax, Massachusetts

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Freehold, New Jersey

Rochester, New York

Southold, New York

Corning, Ohio

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 6, 2016, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very average. It's quite tall for a geranium (16" +/-), with rather large leaves. The foliage does NOT do red fall color, and the flowers, while pretty, yes, are not borne in such abundance as to justify the amount of space the plants take up in the garden. They do self seed, though not in a terribly nuisancy kind of way. I grew them from seed, then pulled them out a couple of years later and fed them to my chickens.


On Feb 6, 2016, Ancolie88 from Innsbruck,
Austria (Zone 6b) wrote:

A wonderful perennial for the nature garden. Our bees here love it and in my garden it comes true from seed by itself


On Jul 29, 2007, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've grown these for years and they are the most beautiful flowers. No two are the same. They are a hardy perennial. It takes 80-120 days to germinate at 55-85 degrees fahrenheit. It prefers to grow in loamy soil. Grow in full sun to part shade. It grows18-30 inches(45-75cm) tall. I highly recommend them.


On Nov 24, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

My first plant was given to me by a fellow gardener here in Seward, Alaska. She had several plants that were the product of self-sowing. Since then, I have collected seed and started them indoors in the spring. They seem quite hardy in our Zone 3 area, with our cool summers and long winters.