Japanese cranesbill

Geranium soboliferum (Japanese cranesbill) is a type of Geranium that has bright pink flowers with deeply grooved leaves.

Creeping along the ground, the leaves of this plant turn a deep red in the fall which lasts through the winter. It starts to flower at the end of the summer and continues throughout the fall. The flowers are 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) wide with linear red streaks and a tinge of white.

This plant is slightly larger than other varieties of Geranium as it can grow up to 60 cm (24 inches) tall and 91 cm (36 inches) wide. It prefers moist but well-drained soil and is hardy to zones 4 to 8.

Geranium soboliferum is native to the Japanese mountains and was recently brought to the US for cultivation. It grows in sun to part shade. In the home garden, this plant does well in designs with Campanula and daylilies in rock gardens, borders, and larger plantings.

Botanical Name Geranium soboliferum
Common Name Japanese cranesbill
Family Geraniaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 10
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest Summer, Fall, Winter
Height and Spread 1ft x 1-2ft (30cm x 30-60cm)
Flower Color Purple
Attracts Wildlife Butterflies
Additional Information
Native range: Russia, Manchuria, Japan
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate