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Geranium cinereum (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Geraniales

Familia: Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium
Subgenus: G. subg. Erodioidea

Sectio: G. sect. Subacaulia
Species: Geranium cinereum

Geranium cinereum Cav., 1787

Geranium cineraceum Lapeyr., Hist. Abr. Pl. Pyr. 394 (1813)
Geranium varium L´Hér., Geraniologia t. 37 (1792)

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
Regional: Southwestern Europe
France, Spain

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Cavanilles, A.I. 1787. Tertia dissertatio botanica. De Ruizia, Assonia, Dombeya, Pentapete, Malvavisco, Pavonia, Hibisco, Laguna, Cienfuegosia, Quararibea, Pachira, Hugonia, et Monsonia. Pp. 107–185, tt. 36–74 in Monadelphiae classis dissertationes decem. Apud Franciscum Amb. Didot, Parisiis [Paris]. BHL Biblioteca Digital Reference page. : 204, t.89, fig.1

Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 2003. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [unavailable for the public] Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Geranium cinereum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug 02. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Geranium cinereum. Published online. Accessed: Aug 02 2021. 2021. Geranium cinereum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug 02.
Hassler, M. 2021. Geranium cinereum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Aug 02. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2021. World Plants. Synonymic Checklist and Distribution of the World Flora. . Geranium cinereum. Accessed: 02 Aug 2021.

Vernacular names
العربية: غرنوقي رمادي
Deutsch: Grauer Storchschnabel
English: Ashy Crane's-bill
français: Géranium cendré
polski: Bodziszek popielaty
русский: Герань пепельная
svenska: Silkesnäva

Geranium cinereum, the ashy cranesbill, is a species of flowering plant in the family Geraniaceae, native to the Pyrenees. Growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall and wide, it is a small, deciduous or semi-evergreen perennial usually grown for low ground cover, rockeries or underplanting larger subjects like roses. Leaves are deeply divided and grey-green - whence The Latin specific epithet cinereum “ash-grey”.[1] It flowers in summer, with striking black-eyed flowers with black stamens. The plant grows in full sunlight, and is hardy down to −15 °C (5 °F).

In cultivation in the UK the following cultivars in the Cinereum Group have been given a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit:-[2]

Blue Sunrise = ‘Blogold’[4]
Rothbury Gem = ‘Gerfos’[6]


Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 42. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
"RHS Plantfinder - Geranium (Cinereum Group) 'Ballerina'". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
"RHS Plantfinder - Geranium Blue Sunrise = 'Blogold'". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
"RHS Plantfinder - Geranium subcaulescens 'Giuseppe'". Retrieved 1 March 2018.
"RHS Plantfinder - Geranium (Cinereum Group) Rothbury Gem = 'Gerfos'". Retrieved 1 March 2018.

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