Hardy, summer-flowering perennial
Description: Bears a profusion of cup-shaped, deep magenta pink to crimson colored flowers with darker veins and white eyes; dark green, deeply cut foliage turns deep ruby red
Habit: Grows 18 inches high by 24 inches wide
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and well-drained garden loam; tolerates dry conditions
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: Europe, Asia
Attributes: Drought tolerant, Deer resistant, Fall color
This attractive, clump-forming, Eurasian native is an old favorite in the British cottage garden. John Gerard called it "Bloody Cranes-bill" in his Herbal, 1633 edition, and wrote that it was one of the "wild cranes-bills" that he cultivated. Shirley Hibbert's The Amateur's Flower Garden, 1871, also considered this species one of the best. In the 1835 edition of the Horticultural Register, American garden writer J. E. Teschemacher recommended the "bloody geranium" for the rock garden. This plant is not attractive to deer.