Common name/s ?

Cranesbill 'Buxton's Variety', geranium 'Buxton's Variety' and wallich geranium 'Buxton's Variety'.

Skill rating



Asia and Southern Europe.

Type of plant ?

Deciduous, herbaceous perennial.

Hardiness zone ?

RHS zone


EGF zone


USDA zone


Eventual size

To 45cm height and 1m spread.

Growth rate ?

Moderate, will reach full size in 2 to 5 years.

Shape it grows into

Forms spreading clumps of foliage and flowers.

Season/s of interest

Flowers from July to October.

Where to grow it

Happy in full sun or part shade.
Prefers well drained to moist soil.

Happy in any soil type and pH. Will tolerate most conditions so long as the soil isn’t waterlogged. Can be used for exposed and coastal sites.

Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety'


Petite, five petalled, lilac flowers with darker veining and white centres which have purple stamen, style and stigma. The leaves are mid green, reddening attractively from their edges in autumn.

What to use it for

A typical cottage garden plant, geraniums make good ground cover or underplanting, and are attractive at the front of beds and borders. Their southern origins make them a good choice for Mediterranean style gardens. The flowers would provide a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies in a wildlife garden. This plant would also be a good choice for a rock/alpine garden.

How to look after it

Divide every 3 to 4 years to maintain the plant’s vigour.

How to prune it

Regularly prune out spent flower stems and tatty, old leaves. This will encourage the plant to grow fresh foliage and flowers.

How to propagate it

Division is the simplest way to propagate this plant and it may be carried out in late summer, autumn or early spring. Single bud divisions are possible. Resulting plants should flower the same year.

Seeds can be sown at 15°C when ripe or in early spring. They should germinate within 14 days and flower the following year. Seeds should be collected when the seedhead is brown (which indicates the seeds are ripe) but before it ‘bursts’ open. Cultivars may not grow from seed and, if they do, they are unlikely to be true to type.

Geraniums also hybridise easily.

Common problems

Susceptibe to downy mildews and geranium rust. Vine weevils, capsid bugs and sawflies may be a problem.

Other useful information

The name ‘geranium’ is often, incorrectly, used to refer to pelargonium plants. The name originates from the Latin for ‘little crane’, similar to the common name ‘Cranesbill’. The seed pod of the plant is said to resemble the bill of a crane.

This geranium has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.