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Geranium (Hardy Geranium or Crane’s Bill) ‘Biokovo’

Biokovo’ is the original & most widely available cultivar of this hybrid. Blooms are numerous from late April to mid-summer (July) or a little longer, with strong butterfly appeal. This hybrid geranium is a spreading, rhizomatous plant typically growing 6-10″ high. Features masses of 5-petaled white flowers (3/4″ diameter) which are tinged with pink at the base of each petal (pink throat-like centers) and have pronounced pink stamens. The overall flower effect is that of a very pale pink geranium. Blooms in late spring. Rounded, lobed, medium green foliage. The aromatic, almost lemony foliage takes on interesting colors in autumn. The leaves are more or less evergreen through winter, but will most years require a sheering at winter’s end to make way for refreshed growth. ‘Biokovo’ runners extend further than those of the original hybrid, and therefore do not form as dense a foliage carpet. A naturally occurring hybrid which was discovered in the Biokova Mountains in Croatia.

Noteworthy Characteristics: Geraniums were once considered the “must have” plant for English gardens and with over 400 species it wasn’t long before cultivars developed popularity with gardeners world wide. Buyers beware however as perennial geraniums are not related to annual geraniums which are actually in the genus Pelargonium. A true geranium is a cold hardy perennial that will prove to be long-lived and add years of beauty and graceful charm to any garden.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 6-8"
Spacing 12-18"
Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Exposure Full to partial sun
Foliage Deep Green Leaves
Flower White Tinged with Pink and Pink Ptamens
Bloomtime Late April to Mid-Summer (July)

General Information +

Botanical: Geranium x cantabridgiensis 'Biokovo'

Common: Hardy Geranium

Family: Geraniaceae

General Characteristics: Best grown as a ground cover. Also effective in border fronts or rock gardens. Hardier than the hardy average for crane's-bills, 'Biokovo' is not fussy about soil conditions. Humusy with good drainage is perferred, but less perfect soils will prove adequate. It can be a bit aggressive, so not a good neighbor for smaller perennials. It doesn't like excess dampness. It will not bloom in the shade, but wants sun to part sun. Geranium 'Biokovo', produces white flowers with light pink veins and stamens. With its beautiful dark green foliage, it has a plant width of 12-18" and a height of 6-8". This Geranium needs to be cut back in early summer for repeat bloom time in the fall. 'Biokovo' Geranium, being drought tolerant, needs a full sun area with some shade in the afternoon. For best results, plant in a dry to moist area in a well drained site. The Geranium family is well known for its stunning fall colors that include reds, oranges, and yellows. It is a superb plant for cottage gardens, container growing, borders or informal borders in mass plantings. There is an attraction to bees and butterflies and it is very disease and deer resistant.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates some drought, but prefers and spreads best in moist, humusy soils with good drainage. Dead-heading is tedious for larger plantings and probably unnecessary. Spent stems may be removed at any time to control spread. If not dead-headed, some self-seeding may occur in ideal growing conditions. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize.