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Geranium pratense

Meadow cranesbill

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.3m to 1m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBlue, purple, white green
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Geranium pratense (Meadow cranesbill). This species has an upright form, the flowers will range in colour from bright pink to dark blue with some red veining. They will tolerates soils which are alkaline and will do best planted in full sun in moist, well drained, rich soil. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Meadow geranium

Origin

Europe and Asia

Interest and use

Ground cover, border, edging, rock garden, meadow.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • 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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