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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.

North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery. 


  • 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.

12-15 Inches


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."

Good Companions
Southern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia), Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Medium Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • 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
  • 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