Striking deep purple-blue flowers in contrast with mid-green foliage, for months on end. It's perfect for using as ground cover at the front of borders and will grow in any soil except permanently waterlogged.
Awarded the RHS Award for Garden Merit and Winner of the RHS Plant of the Centenary at Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.
Attractive to bees.
Height and Spread: 50cm x 30cm
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): Cranesbill