Zones: 3 – 8
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 8” – 12”
Cranesbill is a hardy, deciduous perennial that produces delicate flowers in a variety of colors (G. spessart is white) that bloom all summer, particularly if dead headed.
This plant attracts bees and other pollinators.
It spreads by rhizomes but is not invasive in my experience.
It tolerates drought and partial to full shade if well mulched.
The leaves turn red or bronze in the fall and are aromatic when crushed.
I shear the geraniums off when they get scraggly in September so that the colchicum blossoms can be seen.
I have it triple planted with snow drops and Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale) around a Korean lilac bush.