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Geranium madarense

Cranesbill

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  • Geranium madarense | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Geranium madarense | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • BloomsFebruary to August
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.6m to 1.65m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourPink, purple
  • Leaf ColourBright green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Geranium madarense (Cranesbill). This perennial species will produce large rosettes of big fern-like leaves, each leaf is then divided lobed and toothed and covered with purplish hair. The flowers are produced in magenta blooms which are darkly veined throughout the spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Madeira

Interest and use

Border, ornamental

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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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