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GERANIUM (BLUE SUNRISE)

Image of Geranium 'Blogold' (BLUE SUNRISE) PP12955

Blooms of Bressingham

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM 'Blogold'(BLUE SUNRISE) PP12955

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Cranesbill

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The vigorous and beautiful hybrid cransebill ‘Blogold’ was a chance seedling found by Hans Kramer in The Netherlands and introduced as Blue Sunrise by Blooms of Bressingham. Its exact parentage is uncertain.

This exceptional Geranium is one of the best because of its larger blossoms. It maintains a mounded habit and has yellow-green, palmate leaves that are deeply divided, first chartreuse when young. From early summer to fall, it produces many large violet-blue flowers with plum veins atop many branched flower stems. These are followed by dry fruits that are shaped like bird's beaks. The seeds within are rarely viable, so it does not self-sow freely although some seeds are produced and dropped.

Full sun and average garden soil with even moisture are suitable for this hardy geranium. Blue Sunrise is even tolerant of alkaline and clay soils. This is one of the few geraniums that can take the heat when summers heat up but flowering may subside (in such case trim back the plant to rejuvenate and rebloom in autumn). It will even tolerate brief periods of drought. Mixed perennial borders and cottage gardens are perfect for this pretty garden flower. It is exquisite teamed with ornamental grasses in the summer garden in cool summer regions.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green, Copper, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No