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GERANIUM sanguineum 'Shepherd's Warning'

Image of Geranium sanguineum 'Shepherd's Warning'

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM sanguineum 'Shepherd's Warning'

Plant Common Name

Blood Cranesbill

General Description

Blood cranesbill is a tough, long-blooming, low-growing herbaceous perennial from Europe and northern Turkey. One of the most compact selections, 'Shepherd's Warning' bears a profusion of glowing rose-pink flowers in late spring and early summer, with sparser repeat bloom from midsummer into autumn. The dainty, deeply lobed leaves turn red in fall. Plants spread slowly by short fleshy underground rhizomes to form rounded hummocks.

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 not alarmingly so.

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

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • 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, Magenta, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, 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, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes