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Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'

Cranesbill

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Bold red-brown foliage keeps its color all season long. Pale pink flowers stand out against the handsome leaves in spring. This is a good groundcover in shaded areas with dry soil. Attracts native bees, butterflies, skippers and chipmunks love the seed.

Benefits

Good source of early season nectar for butterflies and native bees
Provides cover for wildlife, especially toads
Will grow in dry shade under hardwood trees
Foliage holds its chocolate color all season
Excellent groundcover

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Does well in a variety of soil types, including dry soils. Will naturalize by self-seeding in optimum growing conditions. If foliage declines during a hot dry summer, cut plants back lightly.


Height
12-15 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Woods and clearings; Maine to Manitoba south to northeastern Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Native Trivia

Shelter, along with water, food and nesting places are the four essential elements for wildlife habitat. You can provide food, nesting and cover for wildlife by planting native plants.


"Clump forming plants like this provide shelter for all types of small animals such as chimpmunks, like me."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Reptiles
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Burgandy
Uses
Container
Drought tolerant
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin