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Geranium platyanthum

 
Synonym(s) Geranium chinense; Geranium eriostemon
Common name cranesbill
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple
Size 12-18"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
Seed ripensearly July

There are so many perennial geraniums - it's hard to keep them straight. This one is medium-high, with lavender-purple flowers starting in May and continuing into June. The foliage is typical of cranesbills, not as deeply cut as some.

Geranium platyanthum
cranesbill
In this picture, the soft-hairyness of the fruiting body for which cranesbills are named is accentuated by early-morning dew.
Geranium platyanthum
Technicolor autumn foliage (November)
cranesbill
Early spring foliage
Geranium platyanthum
Different autumn, different color

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

Read about all the cranesbills in our garden on my geraniums page

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