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Geranium sanguineum 'New Hampshire Purple'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
Common Name (Alternative): Bloody Cranesbill

A profusion of magenta-purple flowers atop compact, spreading mounds of leaves makes this one of the best low-growing cranesbills.

Intricately cut leaves are green for most of the season but earn their namesake from the brilliant crimson-red they turn in fall.

This species is so adapatable that it handles both hot summer and cold winter climates with ease.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  12-18 Inches
Spread:
  15 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Edging
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

G. sanguinum is one of the most adapatable species in this genus. Though it prefers moist, well-drained soil, it will also tolerate periods of drought once established. For this reason, it is a good choice for southern gardens.

Bloody Cranesbill will grow in full sun or part shade. In too much shade, however, the habit will be less compact and fewer flowers will be produced.

Geraniums are generally considered pest free. They are also resistant to walnut toxicity. They require little care once established, but may be divided every 3-4 years.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Hosta 'First Frost'
Common Name: Hosta
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heuchera 'Obsidian' PP14836 COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Campanula glomerata 'Genti Blue'
Common Name: Bellflower-Clustered
5,6,7,8
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Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' PP17829 CPBR3115
Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Fun Facts:

The commmon name, Cranesbill, refers to the beak-like shaped seed pod.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.