Geranium sylvaticum

Geranium sylvaticum is part of the Geraniaceae family of plants. It is also known as Wood Cranesbill, Wood Geranium, Bassinet, Woodland Geranium, or King’s Hood. It is a deciduous, herbaceous perennial native to the woodlands of Europe. It has toothed and divided leaves and grows from 50cm to 1m or 20in to 3ft. It flowers in the summer with bright violet colors with white centers, the violet shade of the flower could vary to more purplish depending on the type of soil. The flowers are cup-shaped.

Geranium sylvaticum
Geranium sylvaticum in a border at St. James’s Park in London

They are easy to grow. Plant Geranium sylvaticum in moist and moderately fertile soil in the sun or partial shade. It looks wonderful in borders and rock gardens. Propagate it by basal cuttings in spring or by division. Prune back the flowered stems to encourage new growth. Watch out for vine weevil, sawflies, capsid bug, downy mildews or powdery mildews.

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