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Geranium 'Elke' (Cranesbill)

Cranesbill 'Elke', Geranium sanguineum 'Elke'


Noted for its long flowering season, Geranium 'Elke' (Cranesbill) is an eye-catching, mat-forming, spreading perennial with upward-facing, strong pink flowers with a small white eye and a pale outer edge to the petals. Blooming from late spring to late summer, the almost fluorescent blossoms rise above a foliage of finely dissected, dark green leaves, that turns bronzy-red in fall. This hardy Geranium is more or less evergreen in mild winter climates. Easy to grow, Geranium 'Elke' provides long-lasting color in the garden.

  • Grows up to 10-12 in. in height (25-30 cm) and 12-18 in. in spread (30-45 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in well-drained soils. This plant is not fussy about soils provided they are well-drained. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Generally deer and rabbit resistant, this Geranium is attractive to butterflies!
  • A great addition to beds and borders,cottage gardens, rock gardens. Perfect as a ground cover, underplanting roses and shrubs, banks and slopes or as edging plant.
  • Requires very little maintenance and is generally not subject to serious pest or disease issues. May be occasionally affected by vine weevil, capsid bug, sawflies and powdery mildews
  • Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers.
  • Propagate by division in spring or propagate by basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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