Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina' flower

Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’
(jer-AY-nee-um sin-AIR-ee-um)
Family: Geraniaceae

Common name: dwarf cranesbill
Zone: 4 – 9
Height: 4-6 in (10-15 cm)   Spread: 6-12 in (15-30 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: An herbaceous, bordering on evergreen, dwarf-sized perennial with a mounding habit. Small, grey-green leaves have a nicely scalloped edge. Upward facing flowers are 1 – 1¼ inches (2.5 – 3 cm) across in a delightful purple-pink colour with generous deep purple veining emanating from a deep purple central eye. Blooms from mid-spring through late summer.


Special Notes: A sibling seedling of Geranium cinereum ‘Laurence Flatman’ from a crossing of Geranium cinereum var. cinereum and Geranium cinereum var. subcaulescens introduced by Bloom’s Nurseries of Bressingham, Norfolk in 1963. Difficult to tell ‘Ballerina’ from ‘Laurence Flatman’ unless side-by-side. Flowers look amazingly similar although it is claimed ‘Laurence Flatman’ are slightly larger and deeper coloured. Our observations have concluded the best tell-tale difference is the smaller leaves of ‘Ballerina’. Excellent plant for the rock garden. Very easy care; relatively pest and disease free. Drought tolerant once established. Deer and rabbit resistant. Propagation best by division in spring or autumn as few of the seeds are viable.


RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993. RHS AGM status reaffirmed in 2006 trial.


Posted on December 16, 2012