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GERANIUM dalmaticum

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM dalmaticum

Plant Common Name

Dalmation Cranesbill

General Description

A low cushion of dainty foliage topped by showy pink flowers in late spring and early summer make Dalmatian cranesbill great for rock gardens and as a frontal plant. A semi-evergreen perennial that spreads slowly to form a dense clump of small lobed glossy-green leaves, this native of the Balkans bears its small, delicate, five-petaled, pink flowers on short stems that stand clear of the foliage. Ranging from light to bright pink, the flowers have red anthers and a central beak-shaped seed pod. The foliage turns burgundy tones in fall.

Grow this perennial in full to partial sun in average garden soil that does not become too dry or soggy. Give it some shade in hot climates. Use it singly or grouped in rock gardens, borders, patios, and walls.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • 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

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Rose, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Green, Light Green, Rose

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes