Meadow crane's-bill Geranium pratense
"Oh, do not frown,Upon this crownOf green pinks and blue geranium"
- Louisa May Alcott, "Dear Grif"
The most widespread of our native geraniums, its blue flowers make a splash in summer. In autumn its leaves turn a deep red.
Where it grows
Meadows, roadsides, grasslands, open woods and dunes.
Best time to see
June to September.
- In the Language of Flowers it symbolises envy.
How's it doing?
Once common in hay meadows, meadow crane's-bill in now largely restricted to road verges due to changes in agricultural practices.
3 things you may not know
- This wildflower was a horticultural favourite even before Elizabethan times. The famous 'Johnson's Blue' is a meadow crane's-bill/Geranium himalayense hybrid.
- When seeding, its stems become erect, producing beak-like pods that give the plant its name.
- Some of its lesser-known names include 'blue basins', 'gipsy', 'grace of God' and 'Loving Andrews'.