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Geranium Cinereum ‘Ballerina’,

Dwarf Cranesbill

or greyleaf geranium, zones 5-8

There are a large number of Cranesbill Geraniums now available to gardeners. This low-growing selection forms a trailing mat of grey-green leaves. The soft-pink flowers have a deep purple eye and veins, appearing on and off from early summer. Terrific in the rock garden, alpine trough, wall or for edging a border or pathway. Shear plants by half in midsummer if flowering stops, to encourage bushy growth and repeat blooming in autumn. Easily divided in spring. Received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (1993/2006)

Sun Exposure:  full sun to light shade

Soil type: compost enriched soil that retains moisture

Soil PH: all

Soil Moisture: average to moist (needs excellent drainage)

Care level: easy (keep watered in first year)

Flower color: pink with purple eye and veins

Bloom time: early summer to early fall

Foliage Color: grey green

Uses and Characteristics: edging, alpine or rock, container, cut flower, rabbit resistant, long blooming

Flower head size: small

Height: 10-20 cm (4-8 inches)   Width: 30-45 cm (12-18 inches)

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation:  Can be left in site for a long time.  Divide in spring or fall.