Compact hummock forming alpine plants suitable for sink, trough or rockery.
Geranium cinereum and the very similar hybrids involving the closely related Geranium subcaulescens are the most "alpine" of the small cranesbills suitable for growing on rockeries, screes or in troughs or sinks. European natives, from the mountains around the Mediterranean they all need very good drainage and in the UK really do best in full sun.
They make neat, woody stemmed hummocks with rosettes of usually greyish leaves. Flowering is at it's peak in April and May but can start a little earlier, and often continues throughout the summer and with some forms well into autumn. They do not divide!
A variation on the well-known 'Ballerina' with the same light pink flowers and deeper veins but on this form there are triangles of much darker veining giving a two-tone effect. Well drained soil in full sun. 15cm.
An alpine plant with neat rosettes of silvery green, rounded, leaves and masses of magenta flowers with a dark centre, slightly lighter than the species. Collected in the Korab Mtns, Albania, 1929. 15cm.