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Geranium sanguineum var. striatum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: sanguineum var. striatum
Additional cultivar information: (aka Striatum, Lancastriense, Prostratum)

Synonym:Geranium sanguineum var. lancastrense
Synonym:Geranium sanguineum var. lancastriense
Synonym:Geranium sanguineum var. prostratum

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Like the species, this is a great garden perennial. This form differs from the species in its softer flower color and its lower height---it's only 6-8" tall.

Armitage says it's hardy to Z3.

Like other forms of this species, it has a major burst of bloom in June with scattered rebloom the rest of the summer, pausing during heat waves. There's a second, lesser burst of bloom in September.

When I tried mixing this with the species, the species quickly crowded it out.

This form is not a cultivar, but a population from the island of Walney off the coast of Cumbria, England. It has received the coveted Award of Garden Merit of the (British) Royal Horticultural Society.

Positive kobwebz On Jun 16, 2011, kobwebz from columbia, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

thrives in my zone 6a garden in the driest area. Love the delicate pink blooms.

Neutral mystic On Dec 29, 2006, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 1993 Award of Garden Merit. Reconfirmed in 2006.

Neutral babywatson On Oct 17, 2005, babywatson from Manassas, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is a great filler for gardens. Mine has reseeded itself prodigiously all through my garden. My husband refers to it as a weed.

Positive northgrass On Jun 23, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant is a low grower, does spread nicely making a satisfactory groundcover. It is covered with numerous pale pink blossoms from mid June to early July here in the north country. It does however gets a little ratty looking in late summer, in which case a good shearing can do it good.

Neutral smiln32 On May 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Origin: Europe - This bushy low growing perennial comes from the rocky and sandy soils throughout much of southern Europe into Turkey where it forms tight 1 to 1 foot tall mounds of 2-4 inch wide leaves. Flowering commences in late spring and continues through summer. It will often reseed in the garden.


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

Little Rock, Arkansas
San Leandro, California
Des Plaines, Illinois
Downers Grove, Illinois
Flossmoor, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Louisville, Kentucky
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Westford, Massachusetts
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Croton On Hudson, New York
Jefferson, New York
Staten Island, New York
Wallkill, New York
Dallas, Oregon
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Conway, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Manassas, Virginia
Orchards, Washington
Sammamish, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Casper, Wyoming

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