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.

Cultural info

  • 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'.

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