The Ground Cover Geranium; Dalmation Pink Cranesbill
The Ground Cover Geranium
Dalmatian pink cranesbill (Geranium dalmaticum) is petite in stature but carries a big footprint for usefulness in the garden. It is perfectly suited to use in the rock garden, where the low growing foliage serves as a wonderful ground cover and filler. It covers itself with pretty pink flowers in spring and early summer. It shines as a ground cover beneath shrubs providing a finishing touch to areas often neglected for planting. At the front edge of a perennial border, Geranium dalmaticum serves as a neat perimeter plant. The foliage has pretty scalloped leaves that set off the flowers. In late summer and fall, the leaves take on reddish tones and extend the season of interest into the weeks of autumn. When all is said and done, Geranium dalmaticum is a little workhorse of a plant. It will do well in sun or light shade and is very versatile as to where you want to enjoy it in your garden.
Dalmation pink cranesbill
Height: 6”- 8 “
Width: 6”- 8”
Blooms: Pink – late spring to early summer
Hardiness: USDA zones 5-7
Culture: Loam or sandy soils
Pairs Well With:
- dwarf beach-head iris
- dwarf pinon pine
- desert moss and most of the other Plant Select Petites.
Submitted by: Harriett McMillan, Horticulture Specialist, Echter’s Garden Center
Can this plant be used as a perennial ground cover when the temp dips below 20 degrees in the winter ?
Yes, it can survive -25F. It does not spread quickly, so you’ll need to plant several to fill the area. Enjoy!
can this do good on the shade?
Yes it can and it has four season of interest too!