Geranium maculatum 'Elizabeth Ann'
Common Name: wild geranium
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Geraniaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Blue-lavender
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize. Propagate by division.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Elizabeth Ann’ is a vigorous, upright variety of geranium that is most noted for its dark chocolate brown leaves. It is a clump-forming perennial that typically forms a loose mound of foliage to 18” tall and 15” wide. Chocolate leaves (to 6”) are deeply cut and palmately 5-lobed, and remain attractive in the garden after bloom as long as soils are kept moist. Leaves eventually turn reddish brown in fall. Blue-lavender, saucer-shaped, upward-facing, 5-petaled flowers (1.5” diameter) appear in late April for about 6-7 weeks. A light rebloom may occur in autumn. Flowers give way to distinctive beaked seed capsules which purportedly resemble cranes’ bills, hence the common name of crane’s bill for this plant (geranium in Greek means crane). Plant stems are brownish red. U.S. Plant Patent PP11,252 issued February 29, 2000.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Rust and leaf spot may occur. Watch for snails and slugs.

Garden Uses

Best in part shade areas of borders and woodland gardens. Mass for ground cover.