Geranium albanum 'Pink and Stripes'
Common Name: geranium 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Geraniaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Pink with dark pink veining
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates some drought, but prefers moist, humusy soils with good drainage. Trailing stems may be removed at any time to control spread. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Geranium albanum, commonly known as Albanian cranesbill, is a low-growing species that typically forms a basal clump to 14-20” tall and spreads outward by procumbent stems. It is native to the eastern Caucasus. Five-petaled flowers emerge pale pink in late spring, but slowly mature to magenta pink. Petals have fine magenta-violet veining. Bloom typically occurs from late May to July. Dissected, heart-shaped green leaves.

Genus name comes from the Greek word geranos meaning crane in reference to the fruit which purportedly resembles the head and beak of a crane.

Specific epithet is in reference to this plant’s native habitat of Albania.

‘Pink and Stripes’ produces pink flowers with dark pink veining.


No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spots.


Borders. Rock gardens. Mass for ground cover. Containers.