Bloodred geranium is a wide-spreading ground cover with magenta flowers. It can be used in part shade as well as full sun.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Ground cover,
- Mixed border
- Small plant (6-12 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of spreading
Bloodred geranium is a low-growing ground cover that grows 6 to 12 inches tall and up to 24 inches wide. It is a trailing ground cover. Trailing ground covers have trailing stems that spread out from central root system. These stems spread out horizontally over the ground, but do not root to the ground.
Bloodred geranium refers partial shade, but it tolerates full sun better than many species of geranium. Moist, well-drained soils are best for this plant.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious pest or disease problems.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Resistant to deer.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Europe and Asia.
The leaves are 5- to 7-lobed, with each lobe often subdivided into large, rounded teeth. The leaves are pubescent. In fall, the foliage turns red.
The five-petaled flowers are magenta or purple-red. The flowers are solitary on stems arising from the axils. Flowers from late spring into mid-summer.
Fruits are beaked capsules said to resemble a cranes bill. Not ornamentally important.
Elke bloodred geranium (Geranium sanguineum 'Elke'): Pink flowers with white edging, magenta veins and a white center
Max Frei bloodred geranium (Geranium sanguineum 'Max Frei'): Compact habit (under 9 inches) and bright purple-red flowers.
New Hampshire Purple bloodred geranium (Geranium sanguineum 'New Hampshire Purple'): Vivid magenta flowers.
Striatum bloodred geranium (Geranium sanguineum 'Striatum'): Compact habit under 8 inches; pink flowers with dark red veins.