Geranium sanguineum ‘Bloody Crane’s-bill ‘ Framed Vintage Floral Botanical Print


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Presenting an original vintage botanical print by Elsa M. Felsko, renowned for lifelike depictions of flowers and plants, capturing the intricate beauty of nature with remarkable precision. Each print is professionally framed in an elegant gold frame and floated on a lush green mat.

Print size: 9.5 x 6.5 in (24 x 16.5 cm)

Frame size: 18 x 15 in (45 x 38 cm)

Geranium sanguineum, commonly known as Bloody Crane’s-bill or bloody geranium, is a hardy flowering herbaceous perennial plant in the cranesbill family Geraniaceae. It holds the distinction of being the county flower of Northumberland. The flowers are deeply magenta with purple veining, featuring five overlapping unnotched petals. In dry locations, the leaves also take on a lovely red tinge in the autumn.

The genus name “Geranium” is derived from the Greek word “geranos,” meaning crane, referencing the appearance of the fruit capsule. The specific epithet “sanguineum” refers to the red color assumed by the leaves in autumn. While native to Europe, from southern Finland down through central Europe to the Mediterranean and into northern Africa, it is also well established in Britain, localized mainly in coastal habitats but also found in some inland areas.

Bloody crane’s-bill is not just a garden ornamental; it also has historical medicinal uses, with extracts from the leaves being employed as an astringent. Recent scientific research has explored its antiviral properties. The plant’s wildlife value is noteworthy, as its flowers attract a range of solitary bees. It is an excellent addition to gardens, providing both aesthetic beauty and ecological benefits.

Felsko’s dedication to both artistic excellence and scientific accuracy makes her work coveted by botanical enthusiasts, interior decorators, or anyone seeking to infuse their space with the beauty of nature. Each print measures approximately 24 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6.5 in), and is framed with generous matting adding depth and dimension to the artwork. with an overall frame size of 18 x 15 inches (approximately 45 x 38 cm.)

Elsa Maria Felsko-Schülke (1908 Berlin – 1987 Berlin) was a famed German flower painter and botanist. She studied graphics and design at the Textile School in Berlin, and studied botanical illustration at the University of Göttingen under the botanist Robert Pilger. She initially worked as a botanical illustrator at the University of Göttingen and later for Robert Pilger at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem.

This is an original vintage print, not a copy or reproduction. Please note all sales are final!