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Geranium dalmaticum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: dalmaticum (dal-MAT-ih-kum) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
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

Bloom Time:
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
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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

This is one of the parents of G. x cantabrigiense.

The Royal Horticultural Society has granted this cultivar its coveted Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Positive straea On Jun 13, 2009, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought this the last day of a multiday perennial sale for a fundraiser here, when there weren't many perennials left. Despite its looking a bit sad at purchase time, I planted it and it prospered. This year it is back (its second year) and doing even better. It's planted between a couple of patches of plants that get taller and taller over the course of its bloom period and it doesn't mind the increasing shade at all, simply putting out ever more blooms on its sunniest side. As of this typing, it has been blooming for at least three weeks and just put out another new flower cluster after a day of rain.

This plant is also much harder to kill than most plants listed as rock garden plants/alpine plants; I've tried growing many of them in my rocky, windy, sloped garden and most of them are either killed by our hot summers or our wet cold winters, but this has been doing great. Highly recommended both for cranesbill fans and lovers of little dainty plants!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

GERANIUM Dalmaticum - Short - Plant 10 apart. Neat little clumps 4" high. Bright pink flowers shine all summer. Dainty green foliage of deep bronze with red hues underneath.

General Information:
Cranesbill is a favorite for its excellent habit and late spring to summer blooming period. Flowers remain nestled among the leaves. Foliage colors deeply in fall.


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

Davis, California
Winnetka, Illinois
Somerville, Massachusetts
Auburn, New Hampshire
Tonawanda, New York
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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