Herb: Wood Cranesbill

Latin name: Geranium sylvaticum

Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

to July

Habitat of Wood Cranesbill:

Meadows, hedgebanks, damp woods and mountain rock ledges.

Other uses of the herb:

A blue dye is obtained from the flowers. It is violet. Fugitive. A useful and dense ground cover plant, succeeding in deep shade. It needs weeding for the first year or so. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way.

Propagation of Wood Cranesbill:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Meadows, hedgebanks, damp woods and mountain rock ledges.

Medicinal use of Wood Cranesbill:

None known

Known hazards of Geranium sylvaticum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.