Wild cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), also known as wild geranium, spotted geranium, spotted cranesbill, and wood geranium, is a perennial that’s at its best in mid- to late spring, when the bushy, 12- to 18-inch-tall plants produce an abundance of single, purplish pink flowers. ‘Espresso’ is a selection with chocolate (or should I say coffee?) brown foliage; its seedlings usually also share that trait but some may have green leaves instead. You wouldn’t think the foliage and flower colors would look good together, but they do—particularly when paired with chartreuse, such as lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) flowers or the foliage of ‘Gold Heart’ bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) or a golden hosta.
Spotted geranium can grow in full sun and average, well-drained soil but is at its best in partial shade with moist, rich soil. Native to much of eastern North America, the species is generally hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 8. Once you get the plant established, it is likely to self-sow.
Seeds gathered in early June 2021 are sold out. I expect to collect again in 2022. Each packet contains at least 10 seeds. Very few packets this year.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.