Plant of the Month June 2013
Geranium x cantabrigiense
This is one of many varieties of hardy geranium that do well here in Albuquerque. Unlike the typical red blooms of the annual geraniums you see through the summer months, these beauties are cold hardy and perform well year after year. ‘Cambridge’ is a spreading groundcover that has glossy, aromatic foliage and bubble gum pink flowers in the early summer. The leaves take on a red tint in autumn and are partially evergreen in our climate.
‘Cambridge’ is not fussy and can grow almost anywhere but prefers average watering, some shade, and afternoon shade is very important at our elevation. The plant grows to about 6” high and 2’-3’ wide. It can be quite vigorous. Propagation is by division as the plant, being a hybrid, is sterile.
- Fragrant foliage
- Abundant pink flowers
- Vigorous groundcover
- Likes partial shade
- Can easily be divided for more plants