• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Spreading mound 6 to 8 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Rock Garden Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:jer-AE-nee-um sin-NEE-ree-um sub-cal-LESS-enz
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Spreading mound 6 to 8 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasSmall mounding perennials are our most versatile plants because they can double as both seasonal color and as weed-choking groundcover. Use these spreaders to fill in gaps between shrubs or as edging around water gardens. Use the same way to quickly clean up irregular lawn edges. Perfect for rock gardens, banks, raised planters and above retaining walls.
    Companion PlantsMix this plant with its relatives for a patchwork of color. Blends well with the pink Ballerina Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina') or White Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum 'Album'). Also a natural with the white flowering Little Gem Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens 'Little Gem'), Pink Heron's-bill (Erodium corsicum 'Pink') and Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 2 ft. to 3 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This species is native to the Balkans, Italy and Turkey'. This variety proved so superior it was awarded the Garden of Merit award in England. The genus contains over 260 species named from the Greek for crane due to the similarity of the seed pods to the shape of that bird's beak.
    Cranesbill was a medicinal plant, with the root or rhizome valued for its tannin content which remained a household remedy for dysentery and listed in the U. S. Pharmacopoeia until 1916.