Pencilled Cranesbill (Geranium versicolor) in the Geraniums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1 -2 feet
Plant Spread: 60-80 cm
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Flower Color: Multi-Color: white to very pale lilac flowers, intricately veined with dark violet
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: May - October
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: Keep temperatures indoors under 12C
Days to germinate: Germination irregular, up to several months
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeding
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Take semi-ripe cuttings during the late summer when growth has slowed and plant stems have become firmer.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Pencilled Cranesbill by Peggy8b Aug 31, 2019 1:38 PM 2
Can G. oxonianum cross with G. sanguineum? by Paintedtrillium Dec 2, 2017 1:10 PM 8
Do you know this hardy geranium? by Mutisia Nov 21, 2017 6:11 AM 15
Interesting study by the Royal Horticultural Society! by bonitin Feb 7, 2016 4:35 PM 4
looking for an ID by gardengus Feb 13, 2012 10:43 AM 12

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