Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 2.5-3'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade (prefers some shade in hot climates)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Blushing Turtle Hardy Geranium

Geranium 'Blushing Turtle' PP22,376
In the end, it wins the race! A steady performer that just keeps going.
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Petal power! Blushing Turtle Hardy Geranium just won’t stop. Like the Tortoise in the “Tortoise and the Hare” story, this tenacious turtle keeps on plugging along. From late spring through autumn, it produces a parade of precious, soft pink flowers, each daintily marked with fine purple-pink veins. When days get frosty, the plant puts on another show—its colorful foliage creates a lovely autumn picture. Blushing Turtle is easy to please and trouble-free. Use it as a low, mounding filler in mixed borders, in large planter boxes, or in flowery cottage gardens. Go, Blushing Turtle, go!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 2.5-3'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade (prefers some shade in hot climates)
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Not to be confused with the brilliant red annual Geraniums you buy each year, Hardy Geraniums live through the winter and re-sprout in spring year after year. Blushing Turtle is a twenty-first century hybrid Hardy Geranium that shows great promise in gardens. It was developed in British Columbia as part of a breeding program that sought to produce plants with large flowers and long bloom times. One of its parents is the classic Bloody Cranesbill Geranium; it’s unclear what the other parent was, because more than one species was used for pollination. Blushing Turtle was introduced to the U.S. in 2010.

The Details

Easy-care Blushing Turtle Geranium is perfect for enlivening cottage gardens, flowery meadows, and informal outdoor living spaces. It has a rustic simplicity that suits it to laid-back spaces. But don’t think you can’t use it in more manicured gardens as well! Its foliage is neat and pleasing to look at, and it smothers pesky weeds like a living mulch.

How to Grow

For the greatest flower production and densest habit, you’ll want to site Blushing Turtle Geranium in full sun. Part shade is your next best option, and some shade may be preferable in very hot climates. Give it average soil; overly rich conditions encourage floppy growth. If needed, cutting it back to 2-3 inches after blooming will encourage tighter growth and more flowers. Water regularly, but don’t worry if you miss a watering now and then. It can withstand short periods of drought. The foliage often looks good well into winter—you may not need to trim plants back until early spring. When the time comes, simply cut back old growth to make way for the new.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade (prefers some shade in hot climates)
Avg Mature Height 1.5-2'
Avg Mature Width 2-3'
Spacing 2.5-3'
Flower Color Orchid Pink with darker veins
Foliage Color Deep Green
Bloom Time Late Spring into Fall
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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