Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Karmina' (Cranesbill) is a vigorous, semi-evergreen, mat-forming perennial with masses of 5-petaled, lilac-pink flowers opening from dark red buds. Blooming heavily from late spring to midsummer, the flowers rise atop a foliage of aromatic, rounded, lobed, green leaves which become red-tinged in fall. Its long flowering season makes it ideal for edging or massing as a groundcover.
- Grows 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). This Geranium spreads gently by underground stems to form a respectable carpet.
- Performs best in full sun or part shade, in moderately fertile, well-drained soils. Full shade tolerant. Tolerates some drought, but spreads best in moist, humusy soils with good drainage.
- Attractive to butterflies, but deer and rabbit resistant.
- Great addition to beds, borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens or banks and slopes. Perfect as ground cover or for underplanting roses and shrubs.
- This sturdy performer is not only easy to grow, but it also requires very little maintenance and is fairly pest and disease free. Some susceptibility to leaf spots and rusts.
- Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers.
- Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize.
- Propagate by division between early fall and early spring or cut back plants after flowering in summer then divide, replant and water well. Easily divided in spring or early autumn.