Botanical Name: Geranium incanum Add
Common Name: Crane's Bill  
Plant photo of: Geranium incanum
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

The incanum variety is grown as a trailing or mounding perennial to a size of 1' tall, spreading by underground runners to cover relatively large areas if healthy. Its foliage has a wispy, ferny texture. The dark, rosy violet flowers can appear almost all year in areas of mild climates. The plant needs good drainage, and most suffer die back in cold winters. Proper growth conditions include sun with little or no summer watering. -Monterey Bay Nursery
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.