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Herbaceous Perennial

Geranium procurrens
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spreading cranesbill

A compact, mound-forming to trailing, deciduous, herbaceous perennial, bearing mid-green, divided, lobed leaves on stems to 30cm (12in) high and up to 1m (39in)across. In summer, many single, deep pink flowers with a dark purple eye and purple veins are produced, that are attractive to bees and other pollinators, making it a good addition to the wildlife garden

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Clay
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Geraniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming, Matforming
Genus

Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or partial shade is best. Full shade is tolerated but may reduce flowering

Propagation

Propagate by division or by seed in spring, or take basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Ground cover
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Cut back after flowering to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers. Remove old dead foliage in spring before growth commences

Pests

May be susceptible to vine weevil, geranium sawfly, slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews, downy mildews and a virus

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