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Geranium sanguineum 'Alpenglow'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: sanguineum (san-GWIN-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Alpenglow

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rabbitsdiner On May 9, 2010, rabbitsdiner from Carmel, IN wrote:

A delightful plant. Has beautiful blooms, pretty foliage and lovely fall color. It self sows easily, hopping around, making itself at home in my beds. It's a bit pushy, and has killed some of my geranium 'Brookside.' It works very well with anemone 'Robustissima' due to consecutive bloom time, and their ability to stand up to one another. With other companions it is well worth the time to moniter and yank it out if it tries to take over. I also have the species. 'Alpenglow' has a much longer period of bloom. It usually is quite rabbit and deer resistant.

Positive saya On Aug 3, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

G. sanguineum 'Alpenglow' forms a 1-foot-tall mound. The dark green foliage turns deep red in the fall. 'Alpenglow' blooms heavily in early summer and sporadically until frost. The variety originated at 'Alpenglow Gardens' Nursery in British Columbia.

Positive northgrass On Jun 23, 2006, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

It is a vigorous and dense grower, filling an area nicely and quite quickly, keeping down weed. For me, it grows taller than the 12-14 inches stated in the catalog.
It has plenty of brigth rose-red blooms and fine dark green foliage. A very desirable plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carmel, Indiana
Pacific Junction, Iowa
Hopkins, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Austin, Texas

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