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Plantidote of the day 2011-05-26.

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Geranium sanguineum striatum

Because it has once again gone all overcast and rainy here in NJ, I thought I would post this happiness pic taken on a rare sunny day. This is a full sun ground cover, and I just loved the contrast of the bright green leaves and pink periwinkle looking flowers.

Please advise if you know what this is. Thanks!

EDIT: Thanks to Cay, we have: Cranesbill, Geranium sanguineum striatum. See here for details. Also, added "Plantidote" to title for search consistency and below, general plantidote information.

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Submitted by Kathryn on

Wouldn't the pink and purple mix nicely?

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Submitted by cay on

They're both cranesbills, in the Geranium family. (Not to be confused with the common annual bedding plants that are called geraniums but are technically Pelargoniums.)

I'm not sure which specific cranesbills those are, though it must be one of the lower growing ones. I think the first one might be Geranium sanguineum striatum and the second photo might be just a different sanguineum cultivar.

I live in Northern California's 9b and have used Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' as groundcover in dry, nearly full shade as well as in mostly sunny conditions. And it has scented foliage. The cranesbills are very forgiving plants, do well in containers too, and meander through other plants without smothering them.

I've started collecting them.

As long as I've delurked, I have to say I love this series.

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Submitted by Kathryn on

Hi Cay!! You are so right! Thanks so much and I will fix the text.

But then you threw me with Pelargoniums, which turns out to be what I have been calling geraniums all my life. So now I'm rearranging my terms and had to go look up both.

Although, this actual geranium looks like twig's purply ones. But too big, not ground cover.

Pelargoniums. Oh crap. Menopausal brain is going to resist this.

[It appears if I say "annual geranium" I can slide in under a technicality.] :-D

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Submitted by cay on

I still call them geraniums and the perennials cranesbills so as to avoid the confusion.