Balkan cranesbill

Geranium macrorrhizum

Balkan cranesbill - Geranium macrorrhizum

Common Name: Balkan cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Species: macrorrhizum

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to September

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

Clusters of small saucer shaped purplish pink flowers are held on slender stems above strong aromatic light green leaves from May to September. This is one of the most versatile and useful geraniums as it will thrive even in dry shade. The deeply cut semi-evergreen foliage also spreads quickly to form low hummocks that suppress weeds for most of the year. It looks lovely with strongly shaped perennials such as bergenia or polemonium or planted en masse under trees and is also valuable for hiding the foliage of spring bulbs as they die down. The leaves often turn red in the autumn too.

  • Garden care: Carefully weed by hand - hoeing can break rhizomes as these are very close to the surface. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.

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