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Geranium sanguineum 'Album' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

bloody cranesbill 'Album'

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

'Album' is a spreading herbaceous perennial, open in habit, with small, dark green leaves divided into narrow lobes, and often colouring well in autumn. Pure white flowers 4cm in width in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

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

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, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wildflower meadow, Rock Garden or Wildlife Gardens


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