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Geranium sanguineum 'Shepherd's Warning' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

bloody cranesbill 'Shepherd's Warning'

Family

Geraniaceae


Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

'Shepherd's Warning' is a spreading herbaceous perennial to 15cm tall, making a compact mat of narrow-lobed dark green leaves. Purplish-rose flowers are 4cm wide

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any, moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or partial shade is best but shade is tolerated

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or propagate by basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers

Pests

May get vine weevil, capsid bug and sawflies

Diseases

May be affected by a downy mildew and powdery mildews