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Geranium dalmaticum

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourPink shades
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green shades
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Geranium dalmaticum. This is a dwarf perennial, it will grow about 15cm high, It will spread slowly and has glossy deeply divided leaves which will form a dense mat. The long-stemmed clusters of soft pink flowers are held above the foliage from spring through to the mid-summer.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Interest and use

Rock gardens, ground cover, borders, banks Summer interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilChalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy. Most species will prefer sun, but some do better in the shade. They will grow in any but waterlogged soil. Outdoors, grow larger species and hybrids in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Grow small species and hybrids in humus-rich, sharply drained soil in full sun. Under glass, grow half hardy species in loam-based potting compost with added sharp sand, in bright filtered light. During the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Water sparingly in winter.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, or by seeds or division in the autumn or spring. The cultivars should be propagated by division or cuttings only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Vine weevil, slugs and mildew may be problematic.

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