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GERANIUM x cantabrigiense 'Cambridge'

Image of Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Cambridge'

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM x cantabrigiense 'Cambridge'

Plant Common Name

Cambridge Cranesbill, Cranesbill

General Description

Compact and evergreen, 'Cambridge' is a low carpeting herbaceous perennial that slowly spreads by creeping rhizomes. It is a selection of the hybrid between Dalmatian and bigroot geraniums, whose specific epithet (cantibrigense) is the botanical name for Cambridge, England, site of the hybrid's origin. In spring and early summer it bears bright pink, cup-like flowers above fragrant, lobed, glossy green leaves. No seeds are produced. The deeply lobed, frilly, semi-evergreen leaves often turn burgundy-red in fall.

A tough, deer and rabbit-resistant plant, 'Cambridge' grows best in full to partial sun and well-drained soil. It makes a great groundcover or frontal plant for the perennial border or cottage 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

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    20"-30" / 50.8cm - 76.2cm

  • 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

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark 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, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No