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GERANIUM sanguineum 'John Elsley'

Image of Geranium sanguineum 'John Elsley'

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Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM sanguineum 'John Elsley'

Plant Common Name

Blood Cranesbill

General Description

Blood cranesbill is a tough, long-blooming, low-growing herbaceous perennial from Europe and northern Turkey. The cultivar 'John Elsley' bears five-petaled, saucer shaped, bright rose-pink flowers from late spring into fall on prostrate stems. The dainty, rounded, deeply lobed leaves are dark green, sometimes turning red in fall. Plants spread slowly by short fleshy underground rhizomes.

This beautiful, long-lived, drought-tolerant perennial does best in fertile well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It is ideal for embankments, walls, rock gardens, woodland edges, and other relatively dry, sunny sites. Self-sowing sometimes occurs, but rarely in abundance.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1b, 2a, 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

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Turkey

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes