Geranium sanguineum are clump-forming perennials with hairy trailing stems and dark green, deeply divided leaves. Cheerful upward-facing, unnotched, 5-petaled flowers with contrasting darker veins can brighten that shady corner and your day.
Prefers moist, humusy, well-drained soils. Tolerant of some drought once established. Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers. Noted for having better heat and cold tolerance than most other species of geranium.
‘New Hampshire Purple’ has deep magenta flowers (3/4”diameter). Foliage often turns attractive shades of red in autumn.
Height: 0.75-1 ft.
Spread: 1-1.5 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, geraniums are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: David J. Stang