Geranium x cantabrigiense "Cambridge"
Geranium x cantabrigiense "Cambridge" flowers
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Height: 8 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Hybrid Cranesbill
This compact plant is covered with saucer-shaped flowers in shades of lilac, plum and purple, very attractive; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming; occasionally has good fall color
Cambridge Cranesbill features beautiful plum purple flowers with rose eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. It's deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are dark green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous indian red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Cambridge Cranesbill is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This perennial will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Cambridge Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Cambridge Cranesbill will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This perennial does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This plant can be propagated by division.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.