Geranium subcaulescens

Geranium subcaulescens
Geranium subcaulescens 
ashy cranesbill
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
 low perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.1-0.2m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.6m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:blue-green a green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS deep pink
BLOOMING TIME May - July
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Cranesbill is a genus comprising of about 300 species. It is commonly used as a ground-covering perennial which can quickly form a respectable carpet. When in full bloom it offers a solid, one-colour show which in mass plantings looks stunning. Thanks to low growth it mostly finds its place under trees and shrubs, as well as in mixed borders along with other perennials.

Subcaulescens is an ashy cranesbill subspecies whose Latin name says that is has short stems. They are only some 10-15 cm tall and hold intensely coloured, rich purple pink flowers, single flowers from late May until late July, and sparsely throughout the summer. If you look up close you will see handsome veins - burgundy red near the centre and purple pink heading outwards. The leaves are small, semi-evergreen, palmate, mid green, and deeply lobed. It differs from the species which is rather dwarf by slow spreading to low carpets that remain compact and dense. Owing to slow growth we recommend planting 5-7 plants together per square meter.

Ashy cranesbill is a sun-loving species that needs free-draining soil and does not tolerate wet ground. Grow it in full sun or just light shade in sandy, loam-based soil. It is hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5), possibly a few degrees lower, and it is suitable for outdoor pots.

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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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