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PlantFiles: Cranesbill
Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Karmina'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: x cantabrigiense (kan-tuh-brij-ee-EN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Karmina
Additional cultivar information: (aka Biokova Karmina)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ms_greenjeans On Jun 9, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have both Karmina and Biokovo, and I generally plant them with each other. I haven't noticed that one is more or less vigorous than the other. They can both spread if they're happy, but it's easy to pull up the roots if they wander too far. Very nice for shady areas, ground cover, under trees, or in a rock garden, and easy to care for. These don't bloom as long or as continuously as other cranesbills, for me. This is still an excellent perennial because the foliage is very attractive and fragrant even when not in bloom. I am in zone 4 and have been growing these for about 10 years.

Positive BeccaS On Jul 9, 2008, BeccaS from Bloomingdale, IL wrote:

Has been quite the vigorous grower here in zone 5! Very hardy and requires minimal care.

Positive Malus2006 On Jun 2, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

zone 4a hardy too - a pinker form of Biokovo - seem to be a bit less vigorous than Biokovo. I have a few patches of this variety.

Positive sladeofsky On Aug 27, 2006, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

The foliage is fragrnt. The plants I bought were labeled Zone 4 hardy.

Positive JenniferE On Jun 13, 2006, JenniferE from Lebanon, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Mine are growing in nice and full, covered with flowers. They are wonderful in combination with catmint - very complementary colors!

Positive hawallace On Jul 12, 2005, hawallace from Austin, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Purchased two 'Karmina' plants locally "firesale" in the Fall. Only the name of the plant was readable on the label, so I did not realize the plant was rated for coldness zone 5 rather than zone 4, until I looked it up on the web later. Just as well, as I would probably have skipped 'Karmina' if I had known it was rated for zone 5. 'Karmina' made it through the winter without noticeable injury in a relatively unprotected area, formed a nice mound and a good number of flowers, although not as many as 'Biokovo'( Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'). Bloom time was fairly long, but the number of blossoms trails off over time. Planted 'Karmina' next to 'Biokovo' and they look nice together. Same flowering time, same flower shape, similar leaf shape and similar mounding habit. The flower of 'Karmina' is pinkish-purple and 'Biokovo' is mostly white. 'Karmina' is a bit smaller plant (perhaps just less established) than 'Biokovo' and could be "swallowed up" by nearby plants. I recently trimmed off the spent blooms, so I do not know if there will be a second bloom.

Positive Terry On Jul 6, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This has been a reliable performer in an eastern-exposure bed. It has grown nicely, but not too aggressively, and puts on a decent show each year. The reddish foliage is nice in early fall ;o)


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

Pacifica, California
Bloomingdale, Illinois
Des Plaines, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky
Westford, Massachusetts
Austin, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Greene, New York
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Renfrew, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Garland, Texas
Richlands, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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