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Hardy Geranium, Cranesbill 'Ann Folkard'


Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Ann Folkard
Hybridized by Folkard
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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


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

Richmond, California

San Jose, California

Yorba Linda, California

Winnetka, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Portland, Oregon

Kalama, Washington

Langley, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

It's the chartreuse new foliage, long bloom season, and weaving habit that make this geranium special.

I tried this once, and it was dead within a year. I've read that it performs much better in cool-summer climates (Great Britain and the Pacific Northwest) than in mine (Boston Z6a), but I'm withholding judgement till I've tried it again, with some of the newer related hybrids.

This hybrid of G. procurrens and G. psilostemon was bred in Lancashire, England by the Rev. O. G. Folkard and named after his daughter.

In an article on the RHS website, Graham Rice includes this among the ten best hardy geraniums (at least for the British climate). In 1996, the RHS awarded it its coveted Award of Garden Merit. [... read more


On May 9, 2010, momof2d from Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this Geranium! Always a joy along my perrenial row, I just dug up a nice portion for my Daughter for her Mothers day gift, I'm sure it will give her many year's in her own sunny perrenial border! Mine tends to enjoy it's mostly sunny spot but it does occasionaly recieve a bit of shade from the neighbors tree - I highly reccomend this plant, now I want he blue flowered one!


On Jun 7, 2003, RubyStar from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

The flower color is indeed very vibrant & needs thoughtful placement, especially because of the long bloom time, but it is quite lovely nonetheless. The foliage is what really makes this plant brilliant in the garden, with the younger leaves showing the chartreuse better, and darkening up some with age.

It tends to weave rather than sprawl, which is a nice effect. Has overwintered well even in my z5 garden. I like it scrambling thru salmon-pink or white roses and silvermound artemisias.


On Jan 18, 2002, damchandler wrote:

In the UK this Geranium grows annually to a height of 4ft and spread of at least 6 ft but dies back to a compact rootstock in winter.It is used as a scrambler over early flowering shrubs as it blooms continuously all season.Being sterile it does not set seed and must be propagated by division or cuttings which need pampering for the first winter.The foliage is naturally tinted yellow more so the new leaves.When the plant gets large it is very impressive but the colour needs careful placing.A more compact form 18"x18" is called Ann Thompson.