Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'Item #3833 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
This great small-scale ground cover for rock gardens was selected as the 2015 Perennial of the Year! Dwarf spreading form with dainty white flowers flushed pink. Spreads by underground stems, but easy to control. Thrives in cool summer areas. Foliage has a spicy scent that resists grazing by deer. Nearly evergreen in most climates.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:jer-AE-nee-um kan-TA-bri-gi-en-seDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 24, 31 - 43Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Spreading mound 10 in. high, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early spring through summerFlower color:WhiteGarden styleCottageDesign IdeasGround-hugging, mat-like growth crowds out weeds and turns barren ground into a patchwork of colors and textures. Mass this way, or combine in rock gardens with a variety of plants for the perfect filler. Use in pots around the base of taller plants or in wide bowls and troughs.Companion PlantsProvides subtle color to conifers such as Compact Bronze Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Pygmaea Aurescens') and Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'). Very compatible with other more potently colored Cranesbill such as Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) and Black-eyed Magenta Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum var. subcaulescens), as well as Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This interspecies hybrid begins with ancestry from the American native G. maculatum crossed with G. cinereum, a native of the Pyrenees moutains. This hybrid is among the group known as the Cambridge geraniums originated in that part of the English countryside. Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' received accolades as 2015 Perennial Plant of the Year.Lore:This genus was named from the Greek for crane becasue seed pods of the plants resemble the long beak of that bird.