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GERANIUM 'Carol'

Image of Geranium 'Carol' (Cinereum Group)

John Rickard

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM 'Carol'( Cinereum Group)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Ashy Cranesbill

Special Notice

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

General Description

This hardy Cranesbill is a low-growing perennial native to the Pyrenees Mountains, which divide Spain and France. It is a very pretty mound-forming perennial that offers five-petaled purple or lavender-pink flowers from late spring to early summer.

Hardy geraniums (not to be confused with greenhouse geraniums, which belong to the genus Pelargonium) are a diverse group of herbaceous perennials found throughout the temperate regions. The cultivar 'Carol' is a heavy-bloomer, bearing cup-shaped, magenta-purple flowers with deeper purple veining and centers in late spring and summer. These are held above low, compact mounds of soft, gray-green leaves.

Though not fussy about soils, this semi-evergreen plant prefers fertile, well-drained soil and sun to light shade, and tolerates periods of drought. 'Carol' works well in the rock garden, in the foreground of a perennial border or makes an attractive ground cover. It attracts butterflies and is deer- and rabbit-resistant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Magenta

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Striped

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes