Brookside cranesbill

Brookside Cranesbill

Scientific Name

Geranium ‘Brookside’

Order

Geraniales

Family

Geraniaceae

Type

Perennial

Endangered Status

n/a

Number of Recorded Individuals at the Zoo

575

Brookeside cranesbill

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Physical Description

Brookside cranesbill is a hybrid cultivar that is a result of crossing selections of different geranium plant species. This drought tolerant geranium, useful for perennial gardens and sunny borders, prefers average, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. This plant has lavender blue flowers with a white center that bloom and re-bloom from early to late summer, as well as cut-leaf foliage that turns red-orange in the fall. Its long-blooming flowers attract butterflies throughout the season.

Native Range

From cultivation

USDA Hardiness Zone

5–8

Average Mature Height

2 feet

Flower Color

Violet blue

Flowering Months

May–August

Supports

Butterflies

Yellow flowers

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