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Geranium platypetalum

Cranesbill

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.3m to 0.45m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourDeep purple-blue
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Geranium platypetalum (Cranesbill). This perennial clump forming species will produce medium green palmately lobed leaves. The flowers are deep purple blue clusters blooming in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

S. W. China

Interest and use

Grown for their attractive flowers and often as ground cover. Compact species are suitable for rock gardens. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

When grown outdoors grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil with full sun. When grown under glass use a loam-based compost.

Propagation

Sow the hardy or half-hardy seeds in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for slugs, snails, downy mildew and sawfly larvae.

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