The leaves are deeply divided into 7-9 lobes and 3-6 inch wide and the flowers are pale blue, although getting paler into the centre. The flowers have 5 petals, which sometimes have veins. The stamens have pink-purple stalks with dark purple anthers.
It is native to much of Europe and Asia, but is cultivated and naturalized elsewhere. Several cultivars are available for garden use, of which 'Mrs Kendall Clark' and 'Plenum violaceum' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Meadow cranesbill is its most common name, although other names include 'meadow crane's-bill' and 'meadow geranium'.
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- "Geranium pratense". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
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- Geranium pratense L., GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
- "RHS Plant Selector - Geraium pratense 'Mrs Kendal Clark'". Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Geranium pratense 'Plenum violaceum'". Retrieved 20 June 2013.
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