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Geranium sanguineum

Geranium sanguineum
'Max Frei'
Geranium sanguineum
the plain species

Common name cranesbill
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers magenta;white
Size 6-12 inches
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes average garden soil with good drainage

Perennial whose gracefully billowing foliage clumps to 12 inches tall, slowly spreading. Magenta (the species) or white ('album') flowers in late spring cover the plant entirely. Tough, versatile plant. Our most recent addition is 'Max Frei', a diminutive cultivar with deep pink flowers and shiny leaves.

'Max Frei' pleasantly weaving through other perennials
Geranium sanguineum
'Striatum' has darker veins on pale pink petals
Deep-green, elegant foliage, cut more deeply and with softer edges than most cranesbills
Geranium sanguineum
On 'Max Frei', the foliage lacks the second level of cut

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for var. striatum from '12 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 22-26d)

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