Cranesbill

Geranium 'Elke'

Cranesbill - Geranium  'Elke'

Common Name: Cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Cultivar: 'Elke'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.20 m (20 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Masses of small flowers appear for a long period from midsummer above the deeply divided foliage forming an attractive carpet of colour. Each purple-pink flower petal is paler at its base and fades again to near-white around its edge creating a lovely bi-coloured effect. They are also attractively threaded with darker coloured veins throughout. In autumn the normally green foliage turns attractive shades of red before it dies off. This is an easy to grow cranesbill that becomes drought tolerant with age and looks great spilling over the edges of a path or the front of a bed.

  • Garden care: Some protection from severe frosts may be necessary during winter using a framework of canes surrounded with fleece and stuffed with straw or bracken. Container grown plants should be placed in a cool sheltered site such as a cold greenhouse or cold frame.


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