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Geranium sanguineum 'Album'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Oct 20, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In 1993, the Royal Horticultural Society granted this plant its coveted Award of Garden Merit.

Geranium sanguineum is tough and adaptable to a wide range of soil pH. This cultivar is a little less vigorous than the species.

Positive flora_p On Jun 6, 2009, flora_p from Champaign, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely mounding shape in my garden. My established clump, in sun and fertile soil in a fairly wet spring, is just hitting 3' high at the apex this year (2' has been more usual for it). Nice to have a solid and reliable clear white in the geranium clan.

Positive ncdrew On Jun 18, 2006, ncdrew from Clifford, ND wrote:

Bought it years ago and in spite of not weeding, not watering and moving it, it still grows anywhere I put it. I moved it again last year and was mowing the area where it had been and found another plant. So either it self seeded or I cut it in half. I am zone 3a and we have had some terrible cold winters but it keeps coming back. Maybe because of the weather (or the lack of care) I haven't had any trouble with it taking over in the garden. It tends to stay in it's little spot.

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

This makes a rather leggier plant than the type having a more sprawling habit. It will scramble attractively through any neighbouring plants.
The flowers are a cool white, enhanced with a slight tinge of green
It is an easy plant to grow and is very useful to smother weeds


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

Carpinteria, California
Montecito, California
Littleton, Colorado
Champaign, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
West Chester, Pennsylvania

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