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A picture of a Grey Cranesbill

Grey Cranesbill

Geranium subcaulescens

Geranium subcaulescens-IMG 7220 by C T Johansson (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Grey Cranesbill Overview

Geranium subcaulescens is commonly known as Grey Cranesbill. This hardy, compact perennial is from the Geraniaceae family. It forms clumps of small, grey-green, rounded leaves. Flowers are bright purple-pink, measuring around 3cm across, appearing from late spring-summer. Grow in very well-draining soil, place in full sun to partial shade, it does well in an alpine setting. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Grey Cranesbill

How to propagate Grey Cranesbill



Semi-ripe or root cuttings.

Special features of Grey Cranesbill

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves


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