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GERANIUM 'Spinners'

Image of Geranium 'Spinners'

James H. Schutte

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM 'Spinners'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Cranesbill

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Ornately lobed green leaves create a lacy backdrop for the light blue-violet flowers with pink-lavender casting of the Spinners cranesbill. Blooming occurs in summertime; this hybrid perennial is an upright, large mounding perennial requiring little maintenance.

The stems and very deeply dissected leaves of this geranium are green and hairy. In late fall the leaves turn shades of yellow and red. Its delicate flowers appear across summer. The five-petaled blooms are a lavender-blue-violet. The dry, brown fruits are shaped like bird's beaks and filled with seeds.

Grow ‘Spinners' in full sun and average garden soil that is humus-rich, moist but well-drained. It is tolerant of alkaline soils and light drought but in hot summer regions light shade is best. The foliage may begin to look ratty in hot summer weather. If this happens, trim back the old to allow a flush of new leaves and to coax it to rebloom in fall. This perennial is best placed in sunny perennial gardens massed or intermingling its upright flower stems with other shrubs and flowers. This cultivar may self-sow and if it does, the offspring will not necessarily be true to parent.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    28"-42" / 71.1cm - 106.7cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • 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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes