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Biokovo cranesbill geranium

Durable Delights: Biokovo cranesbill geranium

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.

Biokovo cranesbill geranium

Geranium x cantabrigiense "Biokovo"

Size: Under 1 foot tall

Bloom season: Spring and early summer

Exposure: Partial shade

Pruning needs: Little or none; to renew, cut back after flowering.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.

Snapshot: A true hardy geranium, this tough evergreen groundcover has attractive, shiny scalloped leaves and produces delicate pale-pink flowers in spring. A marvelous shade plant, it survives infrequent irrigation. It keeps the dry shade garden looking fresh and lush on the hottest of summer days. You can see specimens in the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu

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