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GERANIUM clarkei

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Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM clarkei

Plant Common Name

Clark's Cranesbill

General Description

In early summer, Clark's cranesbill becomes blanketed with lovely flowers that come in shades of white, pink or violet-purple. This mound-forming herbaceous perennial has lovely ferny green leaves and spreads by rhizomes. It is native to the intermountain meadows of the Kashmir region, which includes Pakistan, Nepal, China and India.

The long-stemmed leaves are rounded, dark green and have seven prominent lobes with jagged edges. In late spring and early summer, tall branched stems hold the pretty five-petaled flowers. The entire plant is fully clothed in blossoms at the height of the blooming season, which is usually early summer. The dry, brown fruits that follow the flowers are shaped like bird's beaks and filled with seeds that fall to the ground and readily germinate.

Grow Clark's cranesbill in full or partial sun and any average garden soil that is well-drained. In regions where summers are very hot, it may grow best in partial sun. After flowering, cut back the flower stems to encourage a second flush of blooms in late summer. Plant this perennial in mixed borders, sun pockets in a woodland garden, or massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

There are several notable cultivars available. 'Kashmir White' has white flowers with pink veins and 'Kashmir Purple' has bluish blossoms with red veins.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 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

  • Height

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Central Asia, India, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • 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

    Alpine, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes