Geranium maculatum Crane Dance
photo of Geranium 'Crane Dance' courtesy of Walters Gardens

Cranesbill, Wild Geranium

Geranium 'Crane Dance' is derived from Geranium maculatum, a woodland perennial and one of the few species in cultivation native to North America. It forms an upright clump topped with beautiful vibrant blue flowers. In the fall, the foliage turns bright red. 'Crane Dance' can grow in a range of conditions, from sun to shade. Hardy geraniums are wonderful filler plants for any landscape, They blend nicely with most other perennials and offer continuous color throughout the summer months.

  • Height: 60-71 cm (24-28 in)
  • Spread: 71-81 cm (28-32 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: full sun to part shade
  • Bloom Time: late spring to mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: green turning to red
  • Bloom Colour: purple blue
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

This geranium is quite adapatable to a variety of growing conditions. Though it prefers moist, well-drained soil, it will also tolerate periods of drought once established. 'Crane Dance' will grow in full sun or part shade. In too much shade, however, its habit will be less compact and fewer flowers will be produced. Hardy Geraniums are generally considered pest free. They require little care once established, but may be divided every 3-4 years. If the foliage begins to look raggedy by late summer, simply trim it back. A new flush of foliage will quickly take its place.