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GERANIUM x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

Image of Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

Plant Common Name

Biokovo Cranesbill Geranium, Cranesbill

General Description

Compact and evergreen, the Biokovo cranesbill geranium is a low herbaceous perennial that slowly spreads by underground shoots, or runners. This hybrid between dalmatian and bigroot cranesbill, is botanically named after Cambridge, England. In spring and early summer it bears white cup-like flowers tinged in pink above fragrant, lobed, glossy green leaves. No seeds are produced. The deeply lobed, frilly leaves often turn burgundy-red in fall.

A tough, deer and rabbit-resistant plant, 'Biokovo' needs full to partial sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It makes a great groundcover or border plant for the cottage or woodland garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 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

  • Height

    7"-9" / 17.8cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Burgundy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • 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, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No