Botanical Name: Geranium erianthum
Species: G. erianthum
Common Name: Wooly Geranium
Habitat: Geranium erianthum is native to North-western N. America to E. This flowering plant found in China, Japan, Russia, and North America. Within its range, it is often known as “wild geranium” or “cranesbill”, but note that these common names are also used for several other species within the genus GeraniumAsia. It grows in the sub-alpine meadows and scrub, also on grassy slopes near the sea. Woods and meadows from low elevations to fairly high elevations in the mountains.
Geranium erianthum is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial flowering plant grows 45-60cm high, with deciduous, seven-lobed or nine-lobed pale green leaves, 5-20cm across, colouring well in autumn, and sideways-facing, almost flat, saucer-shaped light to deep violet-blue flowers, 2.5-4cm across, with darker veins, the veins sometimes feathered, from late spring to midsummer, and often once or twice more in summer or early autumn.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position. Tolerates a range of soil types. Plants are hardy to about -20°c. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits.
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.
Edible Uses: Leaves are eaten – raw or cooked. Not choice]. Flowers – raw
Medicinal Uses: The whole plant, but especially the roots, is astringent, salve and styptic. It can be used as a gargle for sore throats.
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