Espresso Cranesbill Geranium

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Perk up the look of your landscape with Espresso Geranium (Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'). This exquisite selection adds an eye-opening layer of interest in the high-profile forefront of your plantings. A type of Spotted Geranium, the deeply lobed foliage and saucer-shaped petals face upwards and flower for several weeks!

Let's start with the fascinating foliage. Yes! This desirable cultivar's deeply cut and dark hues do earn that top spot! A mature stand of Espresso Geranium adds a deliciously rich burst of boldness. Retaining their woodland native delicacy and modern breedings' dramatic coloration, this cultivar will have you perking up quickly!

Of course, Espresso Geranium also develops a froth of light pinky-purple, saucer-shaped blooms. Held on stalks above the foliage, these beautiful blooms start in late spring and continue into summer.

The energetic flower power acts as a clarion call for butterflies and bees in your neighborhood. And you'll feel proud to use a modern native cultivar to support our essential pollinator populations with nectar, too!

Planting and Application:

Never jittery, Espresso Geranium brings a mellow, tranquil vibe to your environment. You'll find a zillion places to tuck them here and there! They'll thrive on the edge of the woods, or in a woodland setting where they can get plenty of sun and just a touch of shade.

The leaves emerge from a thick rhizome that forms mounded colonies making an excellent groundcover or mass planting. Plant them 12 inches apart for a tight groundcover that easily enhances your space with a minimum of effort.

In a more utilitarian sense, Groundcover Cranesbill are ideal erosion control perennials, stabilizing soil in hot, dry, sunny banks, and slopes, and transforming a hard-to-mow hillside into a cheerful display! Tough enough for Rock Gardens and in Xeric Gardens, that hell strip along the road, or create mass drifts of pink and green where parched sun-drenched poor soil once lay!

Try them underneath your favorite "Show Off" ornamental tree from Nature Hills! It would be an incredible accent in a shade garden under any of our Eastern Redbud trees, Rose Trees, and large shrubs! Espresso will shine against the light siding of your home, against light green evergreens, and as facer plants around the bases of leggy larger plants!

Small settings are perfect for these space-saving plants, and Espresso adds its dark foliage and bright blooms to your mixed container gardens, as the feature plant in urns, and spilling out of window boxes!

  • Beautiful Purplish-Pink Petals
  • Incredible Nectar Resource for Butterflies & Essential Pollinators
  • Flower Display Lasts Late Spring - Early Summer
  • Sophisticated Dark Foliage is a Delightful Contrast to Pale Blooms
  • Semi-Evergreen Perennial With Mounding Habit
  • Excellent Groundcover, Container Spiller, Borders & Edging

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Geranium needs a full sun area, and in warmer growing zones, they appreciate some afternoon shade. For best results, plant in a dry to moist area in a well-drained site. Appreciating regular moderate moisture, perennial Geranium can be tolerant of periodic drought. Add 3-4 inches of mulch at the base of your plants to help maintain adequate moisture during drier times of the year.

Geraniums are easily divided in spring or fall and help fill your landscape faster. You can deadhead after the first wave of blooms to later enjoy a second! In late autumn or early spring, trim last year's foliage down to a 1-inch length in early spring. Biokovo may be evergreen in warmer hardiness zones. If so, gently rake out fallen leaves to tidy up at that time, taking care not to pull too hard.

  • Full Shade or Part Shade
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Tolerates Heat & Humidity & Extreme Cold
  • Moderate Moisture In Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune Back in Late Autumn/Early Spring
  • Disease, Deer & Rabbit Resistant

Garden designers are clamoring for this dark-leafed Geranium! We're proud to offer so many varieties for you to mix and match in a specialty blend that thrills your spirit! Don't wait to order Espresso Geranium at because these plants are hot, and we'll run out quickly!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Espresso Cranesbill Geranium Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 15 inches
Mature Spread 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pearly Pinkish-Purple
Foliage Color Chocolate Brown
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn