|GERANIUM sanguineum - Cranesbill|
Geraniaceae; native to Eurasia.
Germination: Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 55 and 72°. Sow at a depth of 4 times the diameter of the seeds and expect germination in 20-30 days. From germination to planting out, 8-10 weeks will pass. Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring, after danger of frost is past. Outdoors, sow at same depth as above. Seeds should not be stored as they are not long lived.
Growth: Transplant seedlings when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Space seedlings 10-12 inches apart in full sun to partial shade in any average, well-drained garden soil. Very tolerant of high humidity, drought, heat, and cold. Feed in the spring with a balanced fertilizer and remove the spent flowers to keep plants tidy. Flowering is more prolific in full sun.
Appearance and Use: An easy perennial in the garden, it is used in the front of the border, in rock gardens, and for grouping and massing. This 1 - 1 1/2 foot mound offers lobed, green foliage that turns a subtle red in the fall. The spring/summer flowers are 1 1/2 - 2 inches diameter in colors of magenta, purple, pink, or white.
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"Digging up a mature clump of perennials, separating it into segments with new stems and roots and discarding the old core is an effective way to keep plants vigorous, free-flowering and disease-free," Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post Garden Book