Tiny Monster Cranesbill
Geranium 'Tiny Monster'
Tiny Monster Cranesbill flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Hardy Geranium
This mounded perennial is drenched in saucer shaped violet-purple flowers with dark-purple veins; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming later in the season; foliage takes on scarlet tinges in fall
Tiny Monster Cranesbill has masses of beautiful violet flowers with purple veins at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are grayish green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Tiny Monster Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Tiny Monster Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Tiny Monster Cranesbill will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Tiny Monster Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.