Hardy Geranium, Bloody Cranesbill 'Album'

Geranium sanguineum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: sanguineum (san-GWIN-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Album
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 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:

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:


Propagation Methods:

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

From herbaceous stem cuttings

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; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

Carpinteria, California

Montecito, California

Littleton, Colorado

Champaign, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 20, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In 1993, the Royal Horticultural Society granted this plant its coveted Award of Garden Merit.

Geranium sanguineum is tough and adaptable to a wide range of soil pH. This cultivar is a little less vigorous than the species.


On Jun 6, 2009, flora_p from Champaign, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely mounding shape in my garden. My established clump, in sun and fertile soil in a fairly wet spring, is just hitting 3' high at the apex this year (2' has been more usual for it). Nice to have a solid and reliable clear white in the geranium clan.


On Jun 18, 2006, ncdrew from Clifford, ND wrote:

Bought it years ago and in spite of not weeding, not watering and moving it, it still grows anywhere I put it. I moved it again last year and was mowing the area where it had been and found another plant. So either it self seeded or I cut it in half. I am zone 3a and we have had some terrible cold winters but it keeps coming back. Maybe because of the weather (or the lack of care) I haven't had any trouble with it taking over in the garden. It tends to stay in it's little spot.


On Nov 5, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This makes a rather leggier plant than the type having a more sprawling habit. It will scramble attractively through any neighbouring plants.
The flowers are a cool white, enhanced with a slight tinge of green
It is an easy plant to grow and is very useful to smother weeds