Geraniums are hardy perennials and should not be confused with annual geraniums which are in the genus pelargonium. The perennial geraniums grow 4 inches to 2 and a half feet tall depending on the species grown. The leaves are cut and can be almost fern-like. The smaller species may be used in the rock garden. Taller types are not invasive like some other perennials. The white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers are 1 to 2 inches across. Flowering is best when plants are grown in full sun although they tolerate some shade. Most are easily propagated by division.
Geranium endressi--Pyrenean Crane's-bill This geranium has rose colored, 1 and a half inch flowers starting in May. If cut back after the first bloom more flowers may be produced later. Two blossoms are produced on each stalk. The plant grows in sun or light shade. Propagation is by division in spring or fall or by stem cuttings.
Geranium sanguineum--Blood-red Geranium This geranium produces purplish red flowers, 1 and a half inches across, May through August. The foliage turns reddish in the fall when frosted. Cultivars have flowers of a different color. The plant grows 1 to 2 feet tall and spreads 2 feet. In rich soil the plant may spread rapidly.
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