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Geranium sanguineum 'Elke'

Cranesbill

The flower of Geranium sanguineum 'Elke' is often described as fluorescent pink, so we can depend on a summer of punchy color from this new and very hardy Geranium. What's unique, too, is that each flower has a white eye and a thin white rim. Then, in fall, its finely dissected leaves turn red, adding another season of color.

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This is the true Geranium, not to be confused with the annual Pelargonium one sees everywhere in summer. Perennial Geraniums are lovely plants that grow in full sun or partial shade (required in the South and the warmer areas of the West) and need soil with good drainage.

Height:

8 in

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 8

Cranesbill Growing and Maintenance Tips

Excellent for edging a sunny border, also in rock gardens or mixed containers. Attractive when mass planted as a groundcover. Foliage turns bronzy-red in autumn. Plants are easily increased by dividing in the spring, if desired. More or less evergreen in mild winter regions, but prune back in early spring.

Geranium sanguineum 'Elke' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Mass Plant
  • Container
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edging
  • Ground Cover
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer
  • Late Summer
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average