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Biokovo Cranesbill

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Vigorous and mat forming, covered in light pink flowers during late spring and into early summer; fragrant dark green foliage changes to dark red during the cooler autumn months; great in borders, beds and cottage gardens

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Geranium
Species:
x cantabrigiense
Cultivar:
Biokovo
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Period:
from late spring to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
dark red
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Hybrid Cranesbill
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Spacing:
15 inches
Flower Eye Color:
rose

Ornamental Features

Biokovo Cranesbill has masses of beautiful shell pink flowers with rose eyes 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 are dark green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous dark red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Biokovo Cranesbill is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Biokovo Cranesbill will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 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 evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. 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.

Biokovo Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. 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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