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Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.1m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.3m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourBright purple-pink, black spots
  • Leaf ColourGrey green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’. This variety is also known as G. 'cinereum subcaulescens'. Bright purplish-pink flowers with distinctive, black central spots appear in early summer and early autumn. Has grey-green leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Interest and use

Rock garden. Complements silver-leaved plants.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy. Most species will prefer sun, but some do better in the shade. They will grow in any but waterlogged soil. Outdoors, grow larger species and hybrids in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Grow small species and hybrids in humus-rich, sharply drained soil in full sun. Under glass, grow half hardy species in loam-based potting compost with added sharp sand, in bright filtered light. During the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Water sparingly in winter.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, or by seeds or division in the autumn or spring. The cultivars should be propagated by division or cuttings only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Vine weevil, slugs and mildew may be problematic.

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