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Geranium Ballerina

Dwarf Crane's Bill Ballerina is a low-growing plant with large showy flowers. It makes great color for the front of the garden. (Geranium cinereum)

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 6-8" tall, 8-12" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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SKU 74PER
Common Name Crane's Bill
Botanical Name Geranium cinereum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 6-8" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 8-12" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Suggested Uses Borders, Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Ballerina is one of the short varieties, and will make neat 10 to 12 inch flowering mounds at the front of your garden. But there are all kinds of plants in this group. They're all front-of-the-border flowers, and range in height from about 5 inches (the dwarfs) to about two feet, with handsome mounded plants.

About The Hardy Geraniums. These fantastic perennials were not very well-known in North America until recent years, but have always been a favorite group in Europe. Now, American gardeners have really embraced them, and cant get enough. Far different from windowbox geraniums, which are in a totally different botanical group, the hardy geraniums are tough perennials that bring to gardens what every gardener wants: compact plants with beautiful flowers and a long season of bloom. Some bloom longer than others, but basically, long bloom is one big advantage of the hardy geraniums.

A common name across all the species is Cranes Bill which refers to the sharp-pointed seed pod after flowering.

Our wild species: There are about 20 species worldwide, and two magenta-flowered ones are well-known in the US as native plants. Our Wild Geranium, or Wild Cranes Bill, G. maculatum, plus another with the curious name of Herb Robert are found over most of the east as treasured wildflowers, but their short season of bloom makes them non-competitors with the hybrids for garden space. Most of the garden favorites are crosses between species from Europe and Asia.

Blue: The basic coloring of The Lilac Geranium from the Himalayas, for example, gives us many of the great blue selections. Most popular from this group is Johnson's Blue, a world favorite with large (1 1/2 to 2 inch) true blue flowers. Another from similar parentage is Brookside with even deeper blue flowers. And then there's the newer, spectacular blue-splashed white one called Splish Splash.

Purple/Magenta/White: Geranium sanguineum, is a species native to northern Europe and Asia, and known as Bloody Cranes Bill due to its magenta flowers. It has become famous itself (the wild form) and is now the most popular hardy geranium in the US. One of the reasons is that it blooms almost all summer and fall. A cultivar named Maxfrei is a dwarf version, and a newer one, Elke has striking bi-colored flowers in magenta and white. Then there's the fantastic dwarf white one with pink veins in large white petals, called Geranium sanguineum var striatum, to me, the best-looking of them all.

Pink: Patricia is a favorite deep pink and is also one of the larger plants, up to 36. Another sensational pink one that's only about 12 inches high is Ballerina, from the G. cinereum species with large striped pink petals and dark centers, almost like a bi-colored petunia. And more recently, Purple Pillow from this group gives us really red flowers with a purple sheen.

You can't have too many hardy geraniums. They are wonderful as edging in the front of a border, and equally impressive as mounded specimen plants anywhere. If they're sheared after bloom, many will do a complete repeat performance for you before fall. If you don't have them in your garden, start your collection now. You'll love them all.

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from baltimore

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        Arrived as essentially a twig. Did not survive planting. For the price paid could get an actual leafed out plant in any garden store that might have a shot at survival.

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        4.0

        great groundcover

        By my mother's garden

        from illinois

        Pros

        • Colorful
        • Easy to Grow
        • Hardy
        • Showy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Filler
          • Groundcover
          • Rock walls

          this is a great geranium variety for use as ground cover or rock walls. very hardy and grew quickly throughout the season. bloom lasted quite a long time.

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          Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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