Meadow Cranesbill – Geranium pratense

Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium pratense) is sometimes known as Meadow Geranium and is a member of the Geranium Family.

The meadow Cranesbill stem can reach a height of 70 cm, it is a blunt edged stem with many smaller stems that are densely covered in hairs.
The flowers typically have 5 petals which are usually 30 – 40mm wide. The flower is often purple, but can also quite often be white with rounded tips.
Unlike many cranesbills, the Meadow Cranesbill flowers are a dark violet or white rather than the typical light purple that is better known.

Meadow Cranesbill is a medium to tall plant that has deep cut leaves and long, hairy, and often red in colour stem. The flowers are visible from around June to September, and are often seen arond damp meadows and lightly grazed pastures.

Height: 60 -100cm
Flowering Time: June to September
Preferred Conditions: This wildflower prefers to grow in damp soil conditions and can be found in rough grassland, stream banks and damp hay meadows.

Meadow Cranesbill - Geranium pratense