Geranium × cantabrigiense

hardy geranium

cranesbill

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Outstanding Qualities

Geranium x cantabrigiense makes a terrific evergreen groundcover by creating a dense mat that helps reduce weed growth in the garden. Pale purplish-pink to almost white flowers make a show in late spring to early summer and are attractive to butterflies. It is a very hardy plant and its low, spreading habit makes it the perfect filler for perennial and shrub plantings. Geranium x cantabrigiense works well growing in front of taller perennials like Astrantia, Asters, and Solidago. It looks good texturally alongside ornamental grasses such as Helictotrichon sempervirens, the blue oat grass and the tall and striking, Stipa gigantea.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 8 in. (0.21 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during prolonged dry periods

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, chartreuse, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: pink, purple, white

Culture Notes
This groundcover hardy geranium grows best in rich moist to well-drained soil, but is tough and will tolerate sand and clay. Plant it in full sun to light or open shade. This plant requires very little maintenance. A light shearing in mid winter can tidy the foliage, but is not necessary. It has relatively shallow roots and can easily be divided and spread to other areas in the garden. Divisions are best done while dormant, from late fall to early spring. Once established this hardy geranium only needs occasional water during prolonged dry periods.