Hardy Geranium, Dwarf Cranesbill 'Karmina'

Geranium x cantabrigiense

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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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

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

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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!


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 'Ka... read more


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)