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Bevan’s Variety Cranesbill

Category:

A dense, spreading mat covered in pink saucer shaped blooms; fleshy rhizomes help this geranium survive drought more than others and choke out weeds; deadhead for longer flowering; tolerates high heat and humidity

Characteristics

Species:
macrorrhyzum
Other Species Names:
Hardy Bigroot Geranium
Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Geranium
Cultivar:
Bevan's Variety
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Spacing:
20 inches
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
copper
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill has masses of beautiful pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are forest green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. 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 performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. 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.

Bevan's Variety 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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