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GERANIUM (Cinereum Group)

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Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM( Cinereum Group)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Ashy Cranesbill

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General Description

The hardy Ashy 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.

The leaves of this hardy plant are palm-shaped, deeply lobed and soft gray-green. They form a nice mound in spring. Its blooms are cup-shaped and produced just above the foliage singly or in loose groups of three or four. They are commonly pink with purple veining and dark eyes, though some cultivars have purple or deeper pink flowers. The unique dry fruits look like long beaks, which is where the common name "cranesbill" came from.

Grow this tough semi-evergreen plant in full to partial sun. Afternoon shade is appreciated in areas where summers are hot, but bright light is necessary for strong blooming. Evenly moist soil promotes vigor, but this geranium will tolerate short periods of drought. It is a pretty alpine that looks great in rock gardens and border edges. It is also 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

    12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm

  • 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

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • 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

    No

  • 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