Cranesbill ‘Spessart’

Cranesbill ‘Spessart’ - Plant

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'  
A really popular and strong plant, well-loved in all gardens! Cranesbill (Geranium ‘Spessart’) produces white or pale pink blooms. Makes great ground cover for partly shaded spots in the garden and is practically an evergreen.
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Flowering month(s)
Jan Feb Mar Apr
Sep Oct Nov Dec

Dig a wide hole for the geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ and loosen the soil with a fork. Improve the soil with a mix of compost and well-rotted manure. Plant the Cranesbill so that the top of the root ball in just below soil level. Fill the hole and heel well in. Water immediately. The pale pink Cranesbill will thrive in full sun or part shade in fertile, permeable soil.

Mixing geraniums with other plants

The attractive leaf of Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ makes it great to have around both before and after flowering too. This plant forms a clump and covers the ground. The pale pink flowers look great together with stachys (Stachys officinalis ‘Rosea’) veronica (Veronic spicata) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis).

Belonging to the geranium family (Geraniaceae), this plant’s flowers are a great favourite with butterflies and bees. The rhizome spreads gradually but in a non-invasive way.

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ is an easily grown perennial requiring little or no maintenance. Just ensure that the soil does not dry out too much. Cut back the whole plant to 3 cm above ground level after flowering to encourage reflowering. Split the plant every three years to rejuvenate it. While this plant does prefer moist, well drained soil, it can tolerate drought rather well! A perfect garden resident!

French Crane’s-bill in the winter

The leaves of the Cranesbill colour red then yellow in the autumn – what a sight! The whole plant will die back for the winter - cover with a layer of leaf litter. Feed the plants in the early spring and cut off all remaining leaves. New shoots will soon appear.


Full sun
Partial shade
Growth height: 25 cm

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