Geranium phaeum album (Dusky cranesbill)

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Plant Overview

The pure white flowers of this hardy geranium really stand out in a shady spot. Useful groundcover for a shady spot, under trees or next to a wall etc. 

White flowers are borne in loose clusters on slender, upright stems above a dense clump of attractive, round mid green leaves. Flowers over a long period, from May to September. 

Plants form dense clumps of pale foliage which do well even in deep shade. Happy in a partially sunny spot too.

Attractive to bees.

Height and Spread: 75x 45cm

Myth and Legend

Apparently, the Prophet Mohammed, whilst resting beside a stream, decided to wash his shirt in the water. Having done so, he spread his shirt out to dry on a bed of mallows that grew close by and then lay down and slept. As he slept, a miraculous transformation occurred. First the mallows blushed with pleasure at having the opportunity to serve the great man. Then, by the time he awoke, the mallows had all been transformed into cranesbills.

Traditionally, cranesbills offer protection against snakes and serpents. Hence the following country rhyme:

Snakes will not go

Where geraniums grow.

Dreaming of geraniums is meant to be a sign that you need not worry about a recent quarrel, as it meant nothing and will soon be forgotten.

Common name(s): Hardy geranium; Dusky cranesbill






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