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Silver Geranium

Geranium harveyi

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Silver Geranium (Geranium harveyi) at Roger's Gardens

Silver Geranium flowers

Silver Geranium flowers

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Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b


A spreading mat forming plant with stunning silvery foliage all season long, grown more for the foliage than the dainty violet flowers that appear in late spring; a perfect groundcover for a sunny location

Ornamental Features

Silver Geranium's attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain grayish green in color with showy silver variegation throughout the season. It features dainty violet round flowers with white eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Geranium is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Geranium is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silver Geranium will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Silver Geranium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features