Meadow Cranesbill (geranium pratense)

Meadow Cranesbill is a perennial wildflower and has pretty, frondy leaves and wide-open, cup-shaped purple flowers from June to September. The veins on the petals guide bees to the nectar.    It grows to about 2 ft (60 cm). Name comes from the Greek “geranus” meaning crane – due to the cranesbill-shaped seedheads. In autumn, the leaves turn red. Plant this wildflower in a sunny spot and you may get two flushes of flowers a year. It also spreads so is good for covering a big bare area! This wildflower is one of our rare ones in the wild but, where found, it will be rough grassland.

What Wildlife Benefits from Meadow Cranesbill?

Meadow Cranesbill is the food plant of the Northern Brown Argus butterfly, and bees love it too!

Medicinal Uses of Meadow Cranesbill

In traditional folk medicine, fresh leaves were used to stop bleeding if pressed against a wound.  Hundreds of years ago, the flowers were used in Iceland to make a blueish-grey dye. ALWAYS consult a qualified herbalist before using any wild plants as medicine.

PCI Validated PCI Validated

© 2020-2024 Wildflower Favours

Web design by BDesigns

We use Trusted Shops as an independent service provider for collecting reviews. Trusted Shops has taken reasonable and proportionate steps to ensure that these are genuine reviews. More information

Join our mailing list

Want to know more about wildflowers, nature and what’s happening on our patch of Earth at Wildflower Favours?  Then sign up for our newsletter!  We won’t bombard your inbox, just some musings now and again or to let you know when we have a new blog post or offers.