Geranium phaeum

Geranium phaeum


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This British native is a tall dusky cranesbill, Geranium phaeum, is an upright hardy perennial. In late spring and early summer this hardy geranium has sprays of slightly nodding, dark burgundy-purple flowers with recurved petals, held aloft above the handsome mound of leaves. The flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

An excellent plant for partial shade, especially in dry conditions, but it also tolerates full shade and full sun. It self-seeds prolifically.

Pot size: 2L

Common Names: Dusky Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Height and Spread: 60cm x 30cm

Preferred Soil Type: Any well drained or moist but well drained

Aspect: Any, sheltered or exposed

Position: Full sun / partial shade / Full shade

Flowering Period: May – June

Care: Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Water in dry spells.


As a native plant of Britain, it is a good choice if you need a plant you know will do well. I the wild, though rare, it typically grows in deciduous woodland and hedgerows, often in more open areas and clearings.


As a self-seeder, it is perfect for a semi wild area of shrubs or trees