Cranesbill

Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'

Cranesbill - Geranium himalayense  'Gravetye'

Common Name: Cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Species: himalayense
Cultivar: 'Gravetye'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Violet-blue saucer shaped flowers with red-tinged white centres up to 7cm across appear in early summer among distintively veined fern like mid green leaves. This exquisite cranesbill has a short flowering season but if cut back after flowering produces fresh flowers of leaves that are a feature in themselves. It makes a pretty groundcover plant even thriving in shade.

  • Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.

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