Geranium Karmina

Pink Geranium Karmina, Geranium cantabrigiense, Crane's Bill

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The clear pink flowers on this variety grow in a tidy cluster just 6 to 8 inches high and form a spreading carpet of pretty color. (Geranium cantabrigiense)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Fragrant
Fragrant
Containers
Containers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-8" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Bag of 3
SKU 4GER3
Karmina, from a slightly different species, holds its clear pink flowers aloft in a cluster, rather than on the ends of each branch of foliage. A real beauty on small neat cushion-like plants. Some gardeners compare this one to the Pacific primroses.

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.

SKU 4GER3
Common Name Crane's Bill
Botanical Name Geranium cantabrigiense
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 6-8" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Advantages Fragrant, Containers, Extended Blooms
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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

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3.0

Still hopeful

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    • Requires Gardening Experience

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Geranium Karmina:

      This was my first attempt at planting bare root plants, and it didn't work so well. Since everything else that I have gotten from this company has been excellent, I am sure that the failure is mine and not the plants. I tried to follow the directions sent, but they didn't make a lot of sense to me (the diagrams and instructions didn't look a thing like the product I received so I couldn't make heads or tails of it) and nothing has grown, still just dirt. I am hopeful that by next year the roots will fix whatever I did wrong to them and by some miracle I'll have some pretty flowers next season. But this year, nada.

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      1.0

      I won't buy this product again!

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      from Atlanta, GA

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      Pros

      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • Short Bloom Time
      • Slow Growth

      Best Uses

      • Containers

      Comments about American Meadows Geranium Karmina:

      To slow to grow and short bloom time!

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      4.0

      lovely

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      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

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        • Border Control

        Comments about American Meadows Geranium Karmina:

        A lovely perennial geranium. Just what I was looking for.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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