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Geranium Max Frei

This low-growing variety has ferny foliage and produces magenta-purple blooms from early summer into fall. A beautiful groundcover. (Geranium sanguineum)

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Plant - 3" pot
Plant - 3" pot

Price: $13.95

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 2-6" tall, 8-24" 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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Details
SKU 78PER
Common Name Crane's Bill
Botanical Name Geranium sanguineum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Estimated Mature Height 2-6" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 8-24" 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, Groundcover, Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms
Ships to Canada No
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Description
This is a shorter version of the regular sanguineum. And any hybrid of this species is one of my favorite plants. I planted one (the regular G. sanguineum) in our wildflower meadow in Vermont over a decade ago, and very few other flowers have rewarded us so richly. It has had no special care, left to its own for watering and everything else, growing in tough, heavy clay. From the beginning, I was amazed how it simply stayed in bloom. From late spring all the way into fall--that clump with the deep red flowers was always there! Over the years, it has spread nicely, and is more beautiful every season.

This incredible geranium is not a No. American native, but it is closely related and reminds many people of our own Wild Geranium, G. maculata (which by the way has a very short bloom season!). Geranium sanguineum is a beautiful dark green groundcover-like plant with ferny foliage, it is not invasive, it needs absolutely no care, and it just keeps blooming. Who could ask for more from any plant? You can't beat this one for anyplace where you'd like low permanent cover and constant color.

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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5.0

Another Great Perennia Geranium

By Alpine Gardener

from Black Mountain, NC

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Beautiful flowers
  • Excellent Groundcover
  • Low Maintenance
  • Prolific bloomer

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Groundcover

    Comments about Geranium Max Frei:

    This is another great perennial geranium. It makes an excellent groundcover. It is a profilic bloomer - beginning to bloom in Spring and blooming all the way to Fall. Very low maitenance.

     
    5.0

    Great addition to the garden.

    By Alpine Gardener

    from Black Mountain, NC

    Pros

    • Beautiful flowers
    • Fast growing
    • Great Groundcover
    • Low Maintenance
    • Prolific bloomer

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Front of Flower Bed
      • Ground cover

      Comments about Geranium Max Frei:

      A great little plant that blooms from Spring to Fall with lovely magenta flowers. It spreads and makes a great ground cover. Totally low maintenance and drought resistant.

       
      4.0

      Just As Pictured

      By Julie NLA

      from Reno, NV

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Bright color
      • Moderate water needs
      • Very hot area tolerant
      • Very short height

      Cons

      • Brittle stems will break
      • Slow growing
      • Very short height

      Best Uses

      • Borders near cement
      • Rock gardens

      Comments about Geranium Max Frei:

      I planted my Max Frei's along a walkway in a rock planter with a drip line, and they seem to tolerate the area very well. Only problem is if someone steps on them - they will break stems. They are slow growing, but are showstoppers when grown to mature size - takes 3 - 5 years. Like many perennials, these can be finicky, but are worth the bother. Beautiful!

       
      4.0

      Little maintenance and striking blooms!

      By GrandmaPJ

      from Beaumont, CA

      Pros

      • Easy to grow and maintain
      • Gorgeous color
      • Low water requirement

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Drought tolerant garden
        • Groundcover
        • Rock garden

        Comments about Geranium Max Frei:

        I planted this near my pond and in the middle of stones around large planters. It is doing well in both areas, though I hope that I get more flowers in the second season, the ones that did show up were a cheery addition to the setting.

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