Geranium × cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

hardy geranium, cranesbill

Evergreen, Semi-evergreen Perennial

This low-growing, evergreen perennial makes a fine filler in front of the border. It is quite drought-tolerant once established and quite deer- and rabbit-resistant. This vigorous grower is a good plant for covering the ground to suppress weeds. 

"Outstanding Qualities

Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' makes a great evergreen groundcover by creating a dense mat that helps reduce weed growth in the garden. Pink-blushed white flowers make a show in late spring to early summer and are attractive to butterflies. It is a very hardy plant and its low spreading habit makes it the perfect filler for perennial or shrub plantings. Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' works well growing in front of taller perennials like Astrantia, Asters, and Solidago. It looks good texturally alongside ornamental grasses such as Helictotrichon sempervirens, the blue oat grass and the tall and striking, Stipa gigantea. 

Culture Notes
This groundcover hardy geranium grows best in rich moist to well-drained soil, but is tough and will tolerate sand and clay. Plant it in full sun to light or open shade. This plant requires very little maintenance. A light shearing in mid winter can tidy the foliage, but is not necessary. It has relatively shallow roots and can easily be divided and spread to other areas in the garden. Divisions are best done while dormant, from late fall to early spring. Once established this hardy geranium only needs occasional water during prolonged dry periods." —courtesy="" great="" plant="" picks<="" a="">

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Occasional, Regular / Even


Size: 6 - 10 tall x 12 - 36 wide
Shape / Form: Low and Spreading
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Flowers, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: White
Bloom Season: May, Late Spring / Early Summer, Summer
Flower Shape: Single

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Edging, Groundcover, Massed
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Bees, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: front of border, ground hugger, continuity creator, matrix / mingler
Plant Behavior: Fast Growing / Vigorous
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos

  • PNW Plant Combination Using Low Maintenance Shrubs

    Focus: Curb Appeal, Efficient Use of Space, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Small Space, Goofproof Maintenance, Privacy and Screening, Year-round Interest
    Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade, Part Shade
    Zone: 6, 7, 8

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