Bloody cranesbill is an herbaceous, clump-forming perennial that typically grows in a mound with white-hairy trailing stems which spread over time to as much as 24” wide. While it is native to Europe and Asia, it is perhaps the most common species of geranium grown in the U.S. today. Foliage consists of small, shallowly cut, dark green basal leaves and thinner, more deeply cut stem leaves. The solitary flowers of v. striatum feature large pale pink petals with contrasting dark red veins. Blooms primarily in May and June with a sparse but variable rebloom occurring throughout summer. After first fall frost, foliage turns attractive shades of red.
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