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    Showy Cranesbill

    Geranium magnificum

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    Showy Cranesbill (Geranium magnificum) at Hartman Companies

    Showy Cranesbill flowers

    Showy Cranesbill flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Showy Cranesbill (Geranium magnificum) at Hartman Companies

    Showy Cranesbill in bloom

    Showy Cranesbill in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  18 inches

    Spacing:  20 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2

    Ornamental Features

    Showy Cranesbill has masses of beautiful violet flowers with purple veins at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are dark green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous indian red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Showy Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Showy Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Showy Cranesbill will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

    Showy Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fall Color  Texture 
    Ornamental Features
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