Hardy Geranium Species, Dalmatian Cranesbill

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)
Synonym:Geranium microrhizon
» View all varieties of Hardy Geraniums
View this plant in a garden


Alpines and Rock Gardens


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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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)

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:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Davis, California

Denver, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado

Winnetka, Illinois

Somerville, Massachusetts

Auburn, New Hampshire

Tonawanda, New York

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


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).


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 a... read more


On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.