Geranium wlassovianum

hardy geranium

cranesbill

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

"This species of hardy geranium is noted for its good foliage throughout the growing season. Its lobed, softly hairy leaves are reddish purple when they emerge in spring and turn dark green by summer. A compact scrambler, it forms a leafy mound to 24 inches high and wide. From summer to fall, Geranium wlassovianum produces 1-inch, purple-pink blossoms with white centers and darker veins. These long-lasting, funnel-shaped blooms are held in loose clusters. They are produced in small quantities, but it is one of the first AND one of the last geraniums to bloom. A bonus is that its handsome leaves turn yellow then red in autumn, a trait not common in perennials. Place this species at the front of a full sun border so you can appreciate its attractive foliage. Its trailing habit and autumn tints make it a good companion for hebes, veronicas and ""Senecio greyii."" "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering during prolonged dry spells

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: purple, violet, rose

Culture Notes
This hardy geranium prefers full sun but tolerates light or open shade with rich moist to well-drained soils. For the longest flowering and best bloom provide regular watering during prolonged dry spells. Cut it to the ground in late fall or early winter. This vigorous grower can be divided every three to four years in late winter to early spring.