Cranesbill Geranium for dry shade?

tjsangel(z5 OH)March 26, 2006


I'm looking for a few good plants to fill in my partially shady, dry front flower bed. Would this be a good one to add? I've read it has a big taproot that makes it very drought tolerant, and it will bloom well in partial shade. Thanks for comments!


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I'm not sure which geranium you are referring to as cranesbill is a common name sometime used for any geranium. Some need sun to bloom, some are not so drought tolerant. I think the best one for dry shade is geranium macrorrhizum (there are several varietys -- all good). This is a vigorous geranium and very tolerant of almost any conditions.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 6:17AM
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waplummer(Z5 NY)

I think there are many species that would do. I have many kinds in a bed that gets less than four hours sun. I think most if well watered until established would tolerate dry. My bed gets no additional water.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 10:07PM
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geoforce(z7a SE PA)

The common wild geranium up here in the NE is geranium maculatum, and although it is fine in dry soil, it need a fair amount of light. It grows in the verge of the denser woods, and in open shade areas. A lovely native wildflower.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2006 at 7:53AM
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magda(Z 5b/6aOnt Can)

It's a very good choice. Mine has taken over other plants on a raised bed under a maple tree. I am actually moving it to a very difficult spot in the front lawn- full sun, baking dry poor clay.
There are many varieties- some have nice fall colour too.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 8:05AM
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tjsangel(z5 OH)

Thanks everyone!

I am mainly looking at G. macrorrhizum, I want something that gets big with lots of color. Once the trees leaf out it will just be a little morning sun.


    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 8:15AM
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