Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’ (cranesbill ‘Karmina’) is a compact variety of hybrid geranium, with a profusion of red-pink flowers on stalks that hover above the foliage in spring. As the trailing stems spread it forms a mat between other plants, keeping down weeds and offering a 6-inch carpet of crimson foliage in the fall.
The common name cranesbill comes from the elongated seed capsule with a beak-like projection that is said to resemble the head of a crane. When ripe the capsule can split explosively and propel the seed out away from the mother plant. Geranium roots have been used to treat excessive bleeding and several other maladies, as well as having antiseptic properties.
|Botanical Name||Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’|
|Common Name||cranesbill ‘Karmina’|
|USDA Zone||5 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring, summer|
|Height and Spread||0.5-1ft x 0.5-1ft (15-30cm x 15-30cm)|
|Flower Color||Red, Pink|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||North Dark Plate|