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Geranium sylvaticum

Crow flower

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.5m to 0.8m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple, blue, pink, white
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Geranium sylvaticum (Crow flower). This species is an upright, clump-forming perennial about 75cm tall with deeply divided basal leaves. Branching stems carrying bluish purple, cup-shaped flowers with white centres which are produced from late spring to summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Other common names

Wood cranesbill

Origin

Turkey

Interest and use

Borders

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH9.0 to 5.0
  • 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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