GERANIUM sanguineum

Bloody Cranesbill



Height: 6-12" (15-30cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Red, pink, white

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder)
Order: Geraniales (Geranium Order)
Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Genus: Geranium (Cranesbill)
Species: sanguineum (the colour of blood)
Geranium sanguineum

Geranium sanguineum is another native British wildflower cultivated in gardens. It forms a tight mound about 8" high, with finely-cut deep green leaves, and rounded deep pink flowers all summer and into autumn. Several cultivars have been bred, with flower colours including white, paler pinks and streaked colours.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Any time of year
(6-39 days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is long and thin, like a crane's bill. There are five seeds in a ring at the base
of the 'beak', each with its own cover, attached to the 'beak' by a woody ribbon.

Seed The seeds are oval dark brown beads. There are five seeds from each flower.

Seedling The two seedleaves are rounded, each with a long stalk joining the main stem. The stem
is often reddish. The first true leaves are deeply lobed.

Seeds may germinate faster if the seedcoat is slightly nicked first.

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