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Geranium sanguineum var. striatum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial or Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green 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

striped bloody crane's bill

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

G. sanguineum var. striatum is a prostrate herbaceous perennial to 15cm in height, making a compact mat of narrow-lobed dark green leaves. Pale lilac-pink flowers are 4cm in width, with deeper pink veining

Synonym(s)

  • Geranium sanguineum L. var. prostratum (Cav.) Pers.
  • Geranium sanguineum var. lancastrense
  • Geranium sanguineum var. lancastrense 'Splendens'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Effective ground cover plant, good in wildlife garden. Can be invasive

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

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 new flowers and leaves

Pests

May get vine weevil, capsid bug and sawflies

Diseases

May be affected by a downy mildew and powdery mildews