Geranium 'Tiny Monster'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 4 Professionals
Common Name: cranesbill
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Geraniaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Pink with red veining
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates some drought, but prefers and spreads best in moist, humusy soils with good drainage. Deadheading is tedious for larger plantings and probably unnecessary. Trailing stems may be removed at any time to control spread. This is a sterile hybrid that will not produce seed. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it may be lightly sheared back and shaped to revitalize.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Tiny Monster’ is a hardy geranium hybrid (G. sanguineum x G. psilostemon) that is noted for its vigorous, sprawling, compact growth. It typically forms a mound of foliage growing 10” tall and spreading to as much as 24” wide by trailing stems. Five-petaled, pink flowers (to 11/2” diameter) have dark wine-red veining. Primarily blooms in May and June with a sparser continued bloom occurring throughout the summer. Cut-leaf green foliage often turns attractive shades of purple-bronze in autumn.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spots.

Garden Uses

Borders or cottage gardens. Mass for ground cover. Edging.