Monday, February 23, 2015

Featured Plant of the Day: 'Album' Geranium

Geranium sanguineum 'Album'
    Blood Red Cranesbill,  Bloody Cranesbill,  Geranium

Type    Perennial
Hardy range    3A to 8A
Height    10" to 12" / 25cm to 30cm
Spread    20" to 24" / 50cm to 60cm
Growth rate    Average
Form    Spreading or horizontal
Exposure    Partial shade or partial sun to full sun
Persistence    Evergreen

Bloom Color    White
Bloom Time    Spring and Summer

The flowers are showy and suitable for cut flowers.

This plant tolerates drought.
This plant will grow in moist soil.
Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy.
The pH preference is  a neutral soil.

Leaf Color    Green
Fall Color    Purple and red
This plant has attractive foliage.

Landscape Uses
-    Container plantings
-    Alpine garden
-    Rock garden
-    Border
-    Specimen
-    Groundcover

Attributes and Features
-    Attracts butterflies
-    Extended bloom season
-    Sensitive to humidity

Culture Notes
Geraniums are long blooming and will rebloom if the spent flowers are removed.  Division can be done in the spring, and cuttings can be taken in the summer.  These plants will be evergreen in mild winters and, usually, the leaves turns reddish in the fall.  Plants go well with: Thymus, Phlox, and Dianthus sp.