Meadow Cranesbill


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Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense)

A perennial of south east Scotland, Meadow Cranesbill has large, open violet-blue flowers. The fruit forms a long claw or beak which gives the plant its common names. When ripe, the ‘beak’ springs open, catapulting ripe seeds from the plant.

Sowing: Can be sown at any time of year, but best in early autumn or in spring. Germination is helped by ‘scarification’: rub seeds gently with sandpaper to allow water to penetrate the seed coat. Sow in trays or pots of moist compost & transplant to an open site that does not get too dry in summer, or scatter the seed directly onto a fine-raked seed bed & firm down well. Keep young plants watered & weeded.

  • 100 cm
  • 50-150 per packet

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Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense) leaves

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