Geranium cinereum ‘Laurence Flatman’

hardy geranium

cranesbill

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Outstanding Qualities

Geranium cinereum is a compact species of evergreen, hardy geranium native to the Pyrenees Mountains. This perennial forms a compact mound of small, delicately fluted, grey-green leaves held along trailing stems. The selection 'Laurence Flatman' is noted for the attractive, deep purple veins and centers that decorate its upward-facing, cup-shaped,1-inch, mauve flowers. These appear from May until September. This neat plant forms a mound to about 6 inches high and 12 inches wide. The flowers sit very close to the mound of leaves. Use this geranium in the rock garden, for edging a bed or in a container.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during prolonged dry spells

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: purple, pink, lavender

Culture Notes
This hardy geranium prefers full sun but tolerates light or open shade and well-drained or sandy soil. It will tolerate some dry weather and only needs occasional watering during prolonged dry spells. Cut it to the ground in late fall or early winter. This vigorous grower can be divided every three to four years in late winter to early spring.