Geranium sanguineum var. striatum
Geranium sanguineum var striatum photo Missouri Botanical Gardens

Bloody Cranesbill

Geranium sanguineum striatum  is a lovely low grower whose delicate pink flowers, veined with deeper pink, abound from late May through June.  Rebloom continues sporadically until early August. The finely textured foliage is a nice contrast to coarser leaved plants. It is a excellent, easy care edging or rock garden plant in average to dry soils.

  • Height: 15-20 cm (6-8 in)
  • Spread: 45-61 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 4 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: late spring to early summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Bloody Cranesbills are easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. They will tolerates some drought, but do best in humusy soils with good drainage. Foliage may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize the plant after flowering. This geranium is noted for having better tolerance for heat in hot summers and for cold in cold winters than most other species of geranium.