Wood cranesbill

Geranium sylvaticum 'Mayflower'

Wood cranesbill - Geranium sylvaticum  'Mayflower'

Common Name: Wood cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Species: sylvaticum
Cultivar: 'Mayflower'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Rich violet-blue saucer-shaped flowers with white centres appear in early summer among deeply cut mid-green leaves. The flowers a particularly intense shade of violet-blue are up to 3.5cm (more than one inch) across. This is a variety of one of our native geraniums whose white flowers are often seen growing in boggy ground and woodland and this charming variety is also happiest in shady areas that don't get too dry in summer. Try it in woodland or as groundcover towards the middle of a moist shady border.

  • Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.


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