Black-Eyed Magenta Cranesbill
Geranium cinereum var. subcaulescens
|Description||Dainty, brilliant magenta flowers marked with black centers above lacy, dark green foliage. Foliage develops red coloring in fall. An outstanding, long blooming addition to borders or rock gardens. An herbaceous perennial.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing, spreading mound; reaches 6 to 8 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket|
|Design Ideas||Small 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 Plants||Peony (Paeonia); Candytuft (Iberis); Bellflower (Campanula); Thrift (Ameria); Creeping Phlox (Phlox); Blue Fescue (Festuca)|
|Care||Thrives in organically rich, humusy, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, prefers even moisture, but tolerates mild drought. Apply fertilizer in early spring.|
|Lore||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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9
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