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Geranium molle

Dovesfoot cranesbill

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Features

  • BloomsApril to September
  • Height0.3m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.6m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourPale pink purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Geranium molle (Dovesfoot cranesbill). This is a bushy perennial, the leaves are about 30cm wide. Producing masses of purplish pink saucer-shaped flowers which are carried on tall central panicles about 1.2m high throughout the summer.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Britain, Europe to the Himalayas

Interest and use

Found on open grassland. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • 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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