– Crane’s Bill.
4 to 9 inches.
Flowers of several colours, May to August.
A race of low-growing plants, with a creeping
habit and single flowers, allied to the Herb Robert
or wild geranium of the hedges. They prefer a
light, rather sandy soil, and will flourish over
rockwork and amongst stones. Pieces of root should
be planted in February or March, and allowed sufficient
space to ramble in. the best sorts are G. Lancastriense,
low growing with pale pink flowers; G. gymnocaulon,
fine blue; G. Armenium, rosy crimson, G. pratense,
purple-blue, and G. pratense album, a white form
of the last.
These herbaceous Geraniums must be distinguished
from the half-hardy family known for many years
as “Geraniums”, but now called by
the authorities of garden nomenclature “Pelargoniums”.