Ground Cover Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum)

Shade Perennial Ground Cover Cranesbill ©Manfred Ruckszio -
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Zones: 4 to 8
Light: Part Shade to Sun
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Summer
Height: 12″ to 18″
Spread: 12″ to 24″

There are hardy geraniums for most garden situations, yes, even as a ground cover for dappled and full shade.

Cranesbill is extremely easy to grow but needs well drained soil.

Geranium macrorrhizum is a drought-tolerant and shade-tolerant perennial with semi-evergreen, fragrant leaves.

Abundant flowers cover the mounding foliage in late spring. And if cut back hard after the first flush of blooms, it can bloom all summer and into fall.

The foliage turns color in the fall which extends its interest in the garden.

They attract butterflies and repel deer and rabbits.