This British native cranesbill makes low growing clumps for larger rockeries or the front of border. It also gives you the opportunity to swear in polite company!
Found in rocky places on the whole such as the famous limestone pavements, mountains and coastal cliffs of the north of England and Scotland. Geranium sanguineum is a very tough, hardy species that is trouble free in the garden.
The species and most of it's hybrids will provide low growing hummocks, usually wider than they are tall, covered with relatively large flowers from early May til the autumn, though the main flowering period is May-July. Once the main flush has slowed down the cultivars of Geranium sanguineum can be cut back hard, to near ground level, to encourage a better second flush of flower for late summer and autumn.
The leaf shape is quite distinctive in Geranium sanguineum, rounded but deeply divided and most often a deeper green than other cranesbills. This distinctive leaf is seen in most of the hybrids too. Flower colour varies from white through palest pink to deep purplish magenta. All need well drained soil in sun although they will grow and flower in shade they tend not to do so well.
(Geranium sanguineum x Geranium procurrens) AGM This Alan Bremner hybrid has intense reddish-pink flowers with bluish-purple shading over mounds of finely cut leaves from June to November. Average soil, sun or shade, 25cm. Brilliant.
(Geranium psilostemon x G. sanguineum 'Minutum') Alan Bremner's improbable hybrid is rarely seen but makes a compact clump for the front of the border, rockery or scree. Bright green divided leaves and glowing purple-pink flowers in summer. 20cm.
Taller plant than typical for the species with large white flowers. Elegant. 30cm. Finely divided foliage and open saucer shaped flowers on this British native. Very tolerant and thrives in dry sunny positions. Main flowering from May-July, repeating August-October.