Geranium endressii ‘Wargrave’s Pink’

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Synonym(s) Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’
Common name cranesbill
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3)
Flowers pink/purple (late Spring)
Size 18″
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed self-seeds in our garden

Okay, so I’m running out of different ways of describing all the subtly different cranesbill varieties! This cultivar has beautifully veined flowers over slightly glossy foliage, and blooms with the main flush of cranesbills, in late May and early June. According to this page, this is really another oxonianum hybrid, and not an endressii cultivar. Certainly the foliage is very much like our Claridge Druce plants in shape, if not in exact color and luster.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don’t grow it in Houston.

Read about all the cranesbills in our garden on my geraniums page

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Mary Beth Apr 29, 2006 I wonder if that really is a Wargrave’s Pink – I don’t think they have the stripes. Mine were a lovely blush pink, but the foliage tends to get brown in non-English summer climates and should be cut to basal foliage immediately after flowering. Beautiful plant, but plant with something that can fill in that foliage gap.
Bob Mac Jun 19, 2008 I agree with Mary Beth. I have Wargrave’s pink gernaiums which I bought in the early ’90s from Fred McGurty of Norfolk, Connecticut, They are clear pink, and are still thriving. The foliage doesn’t turn brown because I planted them mixed with aster ‘Alma Potschke’ The geraniums grow up as the asters grow, and blossoms open a couple of months before the asters at the top of the aster plants.. I also have some planted in with my hostas. They thrive in half a day’s sun, and do not turn brown.
Terri Jun 15, 2011 I’ve had one for years, and it looks like the photo above. It grows in dry shade under a maple tree! Fantastic. Only thing you have to watch for – it seeds freely, and will take over if you let it. I have lovely patch killing my Ladies’ Mantle – it will have to go when it stops blooming!
Sarah in Yorkshire Aug 16, 2015 I also wonder if that is Wargrave Pink. In my garden its leaves are more glossy, divided and pointed. It also doesn’t have marked striations. I wonder if it is in fact Claridge Druce – the labels being mixed on the nursery. That is how I came to know my favourite Iris. I bought it as California Gold (tall bearded, yellow) but it was Cherry Garden (dwarf, bearded, plum). Complete opposites, but next to each other in some alphabetically arranged holding bed!

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Wargrave Pink Cranesbill flowers

Wargrave Pink Cranesbill flowers

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Height: 18 inches

Spacing: 15 inches

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 4

Other Names: Pink Cranesbill

Ornamental Features

Wargrave Pink Cranesbill has masses of beautiful salmon flowers with rose veins at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous indian red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wargrave Pink Cranesbill is an herbaceous evergreen 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 should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wargrave Pink Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Wargrave Pink Cranesbill will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 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 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. 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.

Wargrave Pink 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.

Geranium, Endres Cranesbill, French Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Groundcovers

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Dark/Black

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Coral/Apricot

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Barnesville, Georgia

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Grove City, Ohio

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

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