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Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: cinereum (sin-EER-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Ballerina

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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

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

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3 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Oct 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flowers of this cultivar are largely sterile, which allows it a longer season of bloom than the species.

According to Allen Armitage, this species struggles north of Z5 and south of Z6 in eastern North America. It does not like hot humid summers. Needs sharp drainage.

Despite its limited adaptability, this cultivar has been mass-marketed throughout the continental USA.

Negative Clary On Aug 26, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had this plant for 2 years and it never got larger than the plug I started with. It also heaved itself out of the ground, though I replanted it once. I experienced the same heaving with another variety of cranesbill in a different part of the garden. Both plants eventually died.

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.

Positive hawallace On May 24, 2006, hawallace from Austin, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

i live in zone 4b. very "cute" plant. grows in small clumps. very tidy. nice veining in petals. no special care.

Positive Sassy_Pumpkins On Jun 24, 2005, Sassy_Pumpkins from Scotland
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love this plant. Although it is said to be small, mine gets between16 and 18 inches high and it spreads even further, I divide the plant every 2 - 3 years.
It is not an aggressive plant and keeps a nice rounded full appearance. I have it growing in sun and in shade and both situations have proved successful. It doesn't seem to mind drought but one is at the base of a hill so it does get a bit damp and this seems to suit it as well.
Leaves get tinged with red and yellow after the first frosts hit giving a nice gental autumn colour. This is a plant that is worth growing in any garden as it flowers it's heart out every year while demanding nothing from you.

Positive philomel On Nov 5, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of my favourite small hardy geraniums. It loves the sun and will reward a good spot with free drainage


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

Parker, Colorado
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Somerset, Kentucky
Westbrook, Maine
Port Washington, New York
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Dallas, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Goldendale, Washington
Watertown, Wisconsin

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