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cranesbill

any of various plants of the genus Geranium, having pink or purple flowers and long slender beaked fruits: family Geraniaceae
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wild geranium

wild geranium

Wild geraniums are not related to the common household nursery kind. Distinctly shaped 5 part leaves, pink or purplish pink 5 petal flower with “crane’s bill” in center. Very astringent root used to stop bleeding, dysentery, diarrhea, bleeding gums, stomach problems and kidney issues. Shows potential with Hepatitis B and liver conditions.
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Although the cultural needs vary from species to species, most cranesbills need sun to light shade (especially in hot inland areas), average soil, and moderate water.
Our native cranesbill, Geranium pratense, starts to flower now, accompanying the vivid magenta blooms of Geranium psilostemon.
The meadow cranesbill - Geranium pratense - is one of the most amenable and does well both in full sun or partial shade.
We're talking hardy geraniums here and specifically the Meadow Cranesbill.
Easy geraniums to start with are the pink spreader Geranium endressii `Wargrave Pink', Geranium wallichianum `Buxton's Variety', which has white-edged, china-blue flowers and beautifully mottled leaves, Geranium sanguineum, the bloody cranesbill, which has magenta flowers.
Easy geraniums to start you off are the pink spreader Geranium endressii Wargrave Pink (pictured), Geranium wallichianum Buxton's Variety, which has white-edged, china-blue flowers and beautifully mottled leaves, Geranium sanguineum, the bloody cranesbill, which actually has magenta flowers, and the striking blue, 60cm tall, Johnson's Blue.
The other self-seeder is native meadow cranesbill, Geranium pratense, which decorates grassy embankments with a soft blue haze.
The collections are hand-picked from a range which includes hardy cranesbills to bellflowers, giant echiums to sea-hollies and columbines to hollyhocks.
Geraniums, the hardy cranesbills not the showy bedding pelargoniums, are useful plants for any garden.
Cranesbills such as geranium psilostemon and the lower, mat-forming geranium oxonianum can be cut back tentatively removing some stems or, if you're brave enough, you can cut them right down to the base.
On the outskirts of Belsay, visitors will also find a wild flower meadow strewn with both native and exotic flowers including cowslips, orchids and woodland cranesbills to name but a few.