Plant Common Name
In early summer, Clark's cranesbill becomes blanketed with lovely flowers that come in shades of white, pink or violet-purple. This mound-forming herbaceous perennial has lovely ferny green leaves and spreads by rhizomes. It is native to the intermountain meadows of the Kashmir region, which includes Pakistan, Nepal, China and India.
The long-stemmed leaves are rounded, dark green and have seven prominent lobes with jagged edges. In late spring and early summer, tall branched stems hold the pretty five-petaled flowers. The entire plant is fully clothed in blossoms at the height of the blooming season, which is usually early summer. The dry, brown fruits that follow the flowers are shaped like bird's beaks and filled with seeds that fall to the ground and readily germinate.
Grow Clark's cranesbill in full or partial sun and any average garden soil that is well-drained. In regions where summers are very hot, it may grow best in partial sun. After flowering, cut back the flower stems to encourage a second flush of blooms in late summer. Plant this perennial in mixed borders, sun pockets in a woodland garden, or massed as an herbaceous groundcover.
There are several notable cultivars available. 'Kashmir White' has white flowers with pink veins and 'Kashmir Purple' has bluish blossoms with red veins.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Central Asia, India, Nepal, China
Alpine, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Sharp or Has Thorns