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Geranium (Cinereum Group) 'Ballerina' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial or Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink and Dark Purple in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, 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

cranesbill 'Ballerina'

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

'Ballerina' is an herbaceous perennial to 15cm in height, with rounded, deeply lobed, greyish leaves and slightly cupped, light pink flowers 3cm in width, heavily veined with deep purple

Other common names

  • crane's bill 'Ballerina'

Synonym(s)

  • Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina'
  • Geranium 'Ballerina'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Needs good drainage. Effective ground cover plant, good in wildlife garden

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Wildlife Gardens or Low Maintenance


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