Geranium sanguineum var. striatum

I would like to plant this amongst Lavender in beds that get full sun for most of the day at our house in South West France. We are only over there intermittently, probably late Oct and then again at Easter. Which time of year would be best to get them underway? My concerns are that Oct may be too late for them to establish before what can be very cold winters, but also that Easter may not give them enough time to get proper roots down if they are then exposed to drought conditions…



Hello, I think if given the choice, it would be better to plant in autumn as there is probably a better chance of rain during the winter months. Also, as these are fully hardy, you don’t need to worry too much about the temperatures – unless they really plummet in your area.



Plant advice for 2 new beds please Hello, I need some help to decide which plants to put into two new areas please:- 1: A semi-circle flash bed at the front of the house, size approx 2m x 0.80m and 0.80m deep. I thought about the 3 following options for a small tree/bush in the middle:- a) Magnolia soulangeana, but I was worried about the size that it could grow to and possible problems with roots etc . Will it stay small if the size of the container is used to restrict it? b) Witch Hazel (Hamamelis intermediana ‘Diane’). Will it spread too much? I think this is very pretty. c) Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ Then I also need to think about ground cover plants to help suppress weeds. I am only interested in fully hardy, easy to look after plants, could be with some flowers or coloured leaves. 2:- A thin path between neighbours (approx 2m x 0.40). My idea is to plant bamboo. I would love a modern thin run of bamboo with ground cover. My worry is which bamboos to use. I love the yellow, like Phyllostychys aureocaulis (Golden Grove) but not sure if it is strong enough as it could be exposed to some wind. I bought from you a couple of years ago the Phyllostychys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ which I planted in pots but it died this year. I see on your website some other bamboos but I don’t like them as much as their canes seems less exposed and have a lot more foliage. But possibly these would be a better alternative… …? For the ground cover I as thinking of Ophiopogen nigrescen. Do you think these plants will be suitable, or have you any other suggestions? Thank you for your help, Galia

e moran

2010-02-15 2010-02-16

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Plants to replace a lawn Dear Sir I have a small lawn at the front of my garden and want to use plants other than grass. Can you give me some ideas of plants that could give a low effect of green or some planting scheme that would look ok ? Richard

richard wood

2010-01-19 2010-01-20

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Is it still ok to be cutting back herbaceous perennials, Lavender and Caryopteris late in the year? Dear Crocus, I didn’t have time to cut back to ground level all my herbaceous perennial plants and some shrubs in the autumn, due to work and family commitments. It’s difficult to get out into the garden just now as I only have a little time at the weekend. Would it be too late for me to cut everything back still between now in December and the end of February e.g hardy Geraniums, Hostas,etc. and shrubs like Lavenders and Caryopteris? I really would appreciate your advice. Many thanks Pamela

Pamela Spiers


Hello Pamela, You can do the herbaceous perennials anytime between now and spring, but the Caryopteris and Lavenders should be tackled in spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor


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Hi Helen, Thank you for your helpful information. The snow made the decision for me, it has lain for 4 weeks now. Kind Regards Pamela


Pamela Spiers

Plants for outside my front door Hi Crocus I live in a flat and have pots outside my external front door. What plants can I grow in pots, in semi shade that will attract the bees? Thank you for your help. Kind regards Guy

Guy Smith


Hello Guy, The following plants would be suitable for your pots. Forget-me-not (Myosotis species) Bellflowers (Campanula species) Cranesbill (Geranium species) Dahlia – single-flowered species and cultivars Hellebores (Helleborus species) Japanese anemone (Anemone ?? hybrida) Fritillaries (Fritillaria species) Grape hyacinth (Muscari species) Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) Box (Buxus sempervirens) Christmas box (Sarcococca species) I hope this helps, Helen Plant Doctor


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Geranium sanguineum var. striatum


Flowers: June-October. Plant in sun. HxS 30x45cm

This beautiful native geranium is only found in the wild on Walney Island off the Cumbrian coast, where it thrives in well drained sandy soils. The large soft pink flowers have a crimson vein and are held clear of the heavily dissected dark green leaves. It is one of the loveliest geraniums, flowering over a long season. Tolerant of drought once established, it is quite used to dry or shallow soils, preferring a well drained location and yet grows superbly in our damp climate. Good for the front of a border, on a large rockery or on banks or the tops of walls. If I could only grow one hardy geranium this would be it! AGM. Hardiness rating H5.

Care & Maintenance.

If you live in an area of high winter rainfall, as we do, it is beneficial to mulch the crown of the plant during winter. Propagate using stem cuttings or division. It does set seed, much of which comes fairly true.

Categories: A – Z Perennial Plants, Hardy Geraniums Tags: AGM, disease resistant, dry shade plant, geranium, ground cover, hardy geranium, perennial plant, pest resistant, plant for naturalising, pollinator plant, UK native

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (Striped bloody crane’s bill)

Botanical name

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum

Other names

Striped bloody crane’s bill, Geranium sanguineum var. lancastrense ‘Splendens’ , Geranium sanguineum var. lancastrense , Geranium sanguineum var. prostratum L. (Cav.)


Geranium Geranium


G. sanguineum var. striatum – G. sanguineum var. striatum is a herbaceous perennial with a prostrate, mat-forming habit. It has narrow-lobed, dark-green leaves and in summer bears pale lilac-pink flowers with dark-pink veins.

Native to





Compact, Mat Forming, Prostrate


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Dark-pink, Lilac-pink in Summer

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care


Remove old flowers and leaves to encourage the production of new growth.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Seed

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Where to grow

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (Striped bloody crane’s bill) will reach a height of 0.15m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife


Best planted in most moderately fertile soil (apart from waterlogged).

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral


Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun


North, South, East, West


Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (Striped bloody crane’s bill)

Common pest name

Green semi-looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis eriosoma



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest which is morphologically identical to a pest already established in the UK in protected environments and being controlled by IPM. Not expected to cause greater impacts than other species of Chrysodeixis in the UK.

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