Bloody Cranes­bill, Cut-leaved Cranesbill, Dove's Foot Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium, Hedgerow Cranesbill, Herb Robert, Marsh Cranesbill, Meadow Cranes­bill, Shining Cranesbill, Siberian Cranesbill, Small-flowered Cranes­bill, Other species from the same family It flowers between June and August, colouring the roadsides of areas like the Cotswolds. It is extremely hardy to at least −20 °C (−4 °F), reflecting its origins in the Altai Mountains of central Asia. The meadow crane's bill flower, Geranium pratense, with petals, stigma and stamen and the bill-like buds on the stalk. MEADOW CRANE'S BILL. Mobile apps. It is a photoautotroph. 2. It can also be used successfully to fill in shady spots, for underplanting trees and rhododendrons, as an edging plant, and as a mainstay in naturalized settings with mixed wildflowers. Geranium affine (Meadow Crane's Bill) is a species of herb in the family Geraniaceae. Meadow Crane's-bill (Geranium pratense) A lovely perennial for a wildflower meadow or mixed border, with large bluish-purple flowers through summer. It has become famous itself (the wild form) and is now the most popular hardy geranium in the US. Herb: Meadow Crane's Bill Latin name: Geranium pratense Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family) Medicinal use of Meadow Crane's Bill: The plant is used as a vulnerary. ‘Foxgloves’ by artbyrachel. Cranesbill geraniums, also referred to as hardy geraniums, got their name from the shape of their seed pod, which looks like a crane's bill. More of the 1923 Wildflower Cigarette cards. Meadow Crane's-bill Meadow Crane's-bill - Geranium pratense. Geranium pratense – Meadow Crane's-bill. They are from 1923. The palmately cleft leaves are broadly circular in form. Wildflowers. These images come from a set of 50 Wildflower cigarette cards from Willis. This familiar and handsome plant is the parent to many garden varieties of hardy geranium. The root is used in Tibetan medicine where it is said to have an acrid, sweet flavour plus a cooling potency. It is mostly found growing wild in woods and forests. Range: Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, the Himalayas and N. Asia. Species; Additional images; Click here to support NatureSpot by making a donation - small or large - your gift is very much appreciated. Meadow crane's-bill is a perennial, characteristic of rough grassland such as verges and stream sides and of damp hay meadows and lightly grazed pastures. Geranium is a genus of 422 species of annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as geraniums or cranesbills.They are found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region.. Cranesbill has the height to fill the second tier behind smaller border plants, and it’s a natural flanking taller shrubs. One of the larger hardy geranium's for the garden, this perennial is completely reliable, getting bigger and better every year. Thank you. Mobile apps Habitat: Cranesbill is indigenous to the eastern and central North America. Through evolution it has cleverly adapted to maximise the chances of pollination by having veins on the flower petals which guide pollinating insects to the nectar in the centre of the flower. In New England it has escaped cultivation to colonize fields and meadows. Local flower name: Geranium pratense – meadow cranesbill – Flower of … Our Purple Meadow Crane's-bill "Strange to hear them sing about the bushes in the lulls between the thud of the bombs, or to see between the cannon-flashes the whole peninsula ignite with blooms, spring flowers bursting through the crevices of piles of rusted shot, and peering out from under the shells and heavy ordnance. On Whatman 200lb rough paper • Buy this artwork on stationery. Find help & information on Geranium pratense meadow cranesbill from the RHS [Alnwick, Northumberland, March 1998]. Meadow Crane's-bill from Ottobrunn, Alemania on May 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM by bigoti This large-flowered Geranium provides colour and structural diversity to boundary habitats and meadows in addition to contributing to the pollinator resource. Meadow crane's-bill is native to Europe. M eadow crane’s-bill is one of the staples of the cottage garden or mixed border, providing long displays of colour in early and midsummer. Botanical Name: Geranium maculatum. One of … More will be available after harvest. Management: Meadow crane's-bill grows well in sunny spots. A medium to tall grassland perennial with deeply cut leaves and long, hairy and frequently reddish stems. The Meadow crane's-bill is a large plant that produces a striking blue flower. Medium to tall, tufted and hairy plant with erect stems and deeply divided leaves. Facts. A watercolour painting of pink foxgloves. It prefers but is not exclusive to calcareous soils. Collected from north Antrim. Can be slow to germinate; autumn sowings left outside help break dormancy. Forming a clump roughly 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and broad, it is a herbaceous perennial with hairy stems and lax saucer-shaped blooms of pale violet. It can be found on farmland, grassland, and woodland. Its pretty blue flowers will bob and weave among other plants in the border, or (as hinted at by the common name) use it in a wild flower meadow in … Meadow Crane's-bill is a native perennial herb which grows 30-60 cm in height and flowers from June to September. Description. Purple/Magenta/White: Geranium sanguineum, is a species native to northern Europe and Asia, and known as Bloody Cranes Bill due to its magenta flowers. Sow seed in spring or autumn onto moist compost and cover very lightly with soil. Sparta Pine Swamp in New Jersey is a rare hardwood-conifer swamp community containing rare plants, including Fernald's meadow grass (Puccinellia fernaldii). Use our free mobile apps to identify images and record your counts and observations. Other Common Names: American cranesbill, spotted cranesbill, spotted geranium, alumroot, alum bloom, wild geranium, storksbill, chocolate flower, crowfoot, flekkstorkenebb (Norwegian), Amerikansk storkenæb (Danish). The striking bluish-violet flowers of Meadow crane's-bill can be seen in lowland hay meadows, roadside verges and grasslands, particularly ones on chalky soils. Cranesbill geraniums are hardy spreading perennials that are used to hide taller plants' bare "ankles", as a low growing edging … Meadow crane’s-bill was known as thunder flowers, and one would incur the wrath of one’s friends if one picked some, as it was sure to thunder and cause a downpour! 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