OK
In progress indicator

Geranium pratense (Meadow cranesbill)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Geranium pratense

Other names

Meadow cranesbill, Common cranesbill, Crowfoot, Meadow geranium, Wild geranium

Genus

Geranium Geranium

Species

G. pratense - G. pratense is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with hairy stems bearing lobed, deeply divided, toothed, mid-green leaves and upright, leafy stems bearing clusters of saucer-shaped, often veined, white, blue, or violet flowers in summer.


Geranium pratense is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Blue, White, Violet in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Rose leaf-rolling sawfly , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil Capsid bug , Rose leaf-rolling sawfly , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew , Virus Downy mildew , Powdery mildew , Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove spent flower stems and old leaves to encourage new leaves and flowers.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


Sign up for your FREE ACCOUNT today or login to receive detailed monthly care instructions

Where to grow

Geranium pratense (Meadow cranesbill) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Cake decoration, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Underplanting

Cultivation

Best planted in moderately fertile soils in either full sun or partial shade. Shade is tolerated. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Geranium pratense

Other names

Meadow cranesbill, Common cranesbill, Crowfoot, Meadow geranium, Wild geranium

Genus

Geranium Geranium

Species

G. pratense - G. pratense is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with hairy stems bearing lobed, deeply divided, toothed, mid-green leaves and upright, leafy stems bearing clusters of saucer-shaped, often veined, white, blue, or violet flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Blue, White, Violet in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Rose leaf-rolling sawfly , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew , Virus

General care

Pruning

Remove spent flower stems and old leaves to encourage new leaves and flowers.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Geranium pratense (Meadow cranesbill) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Cake decoration, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Underplanting

Cultivation

Best planted in moderately fertile soils in either full sun or partial shade. Shade is tolerated. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Geranium pratense (Meadow cranesbill)

Common pest name

Green semi-looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest which is morphologically identical to a pest already established in the UK in protected environments and being controlled by IPM. Not expected to cause greater impacts than other species of Chrysodeixis in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

In order to add a note on this plant, please add this plant to your plant lists.

In progress indicator
Full size image
In progress indicator
Caption

Caption

Cancel and close this form
In progress indicator
This plant likes... Garden match
Soil types: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types) Tell us...
Soil drainage: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained Tell us...
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral Tell us...
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun Tell us...
Aspect: North, South, East, West Tell us...
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered Tell us...
Hardiness: Hardy (H4) Tell us...

GARDENS WITH THIS PLANT

My Garden
My Garden
Dennie D
My Garden
My Garden
Freddie Dunkley
My Garden
My Garden
Sarah & Peter
My Garden
My Garden
Darren M Thompson

ARTICLES WITH THIS PLANT

The Year of Green Action Garden

Designed by Helen J Rosevear and Jane Stoneham. This accessible, sensory-rich family garden promotes the Year of Green Action 2019.  read more

Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

Designed by Mark Gregory. The highlight of the 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire show garden will be an authentically built canal with flowing water and genuine canal lock gates. read more

The Sustainable seafood garden

By Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne. “The Sustainable seafood garden” tells the story of the journey from tide to table of the fish and seafood that surround and… read more

The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden

By garden designer and landscaper Mark Gregory. The stunning Yorkshire Dales is the inspiration for Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2018 RHS Chelsea show-garden. read more

Silk Road Garden Chengdu China Show Garden

By garden designers Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins. The Silk Road Garden is inspired by the rich history and culture of Chengdu, capital of the ancient Chinese Shu kingdom, and since ancient … read more

View all 28 articles


Report content or feedback to Shoot

To add ? to your lists,
login to your account or subscribe.

Find out more about plant lists here

or Login


To check if this plant is suitable for your garden first login to your account or subscribe.

or Login

In progress indicator
Note

Note

You are adding a note to: ?

Cancel