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Ballerina Cranesbill

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Ballet slipper pink flowers with purple veining sit atop lacy gray-green foliage on this low growing, mounded variety; long blooming, perfect for borders, beds and containers; low maintenance-deadhead to encourage new blooms throughout the summer season

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 inches
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Geranium
Species:
cinereum
Cultivar:
Ballerina
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Period:
from late spring to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Dwarf Cranesbill, Greyleaf Cranesbill
Branching:
herbaceous
Density:
dense
Spacing:
10 inches
Flower Eye Color:
indigo

Ornamental Features

Ballerina Cranesbill has masses of beautiful shell pink flowers with indigo eyes and purple veins at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Ballerina Cranesbill is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Ballerina Cranesbill will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Ballerina Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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