Geranium renardii

hardy geranium, cranesbill

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This interesting, small hardy geranium is grown as much for its foliage as it is for its flowers. The leaves are rounded with a slight gentle cut and an unusual sage green color with a felted appearance. In late spring to early summer pure white flowers pop up above the leaves. Each bloom is etched with purple veins creating a very pale lavender tone to the flower. This is an excellent choice for the front of the garden bed or tucked into a rockery.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 10 in. (0.26 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 3 in. (0.38 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: cream, white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: flowers in late spring to early summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: aphids, rabbits, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: black, bronze, burgundy

Great Color Partners: lavender, pink, rose, silver

Culture Notes
Geranium renardii prefers a site with full sun and a rich well-drained to sandy soil location. It will flower and grow its best with regular watering during extended dry periods. The foliage can be cut to the ground in fall once it starts to look faded.
Geek Notes
Native to the Caucasus region of Europe.