Dusky cranesbill

Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'

Dusky cranesbill - Geranium phaeum  'Lily Lovell'

Common Name: Dusky cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Species: phaeum
Cultivar: 'Lily Lovell'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Flowering Period: April to August

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

The purple-mauve flowers of this cranesbill look like iridescent saucers floating above the deeply lobed foliage. The flowers appear in abundance from April to August and reach an impressive 4cm in diameter therefore making it one of the largest and perhaps the prettiest of the Geranium phaeum group. These plants are one of the easiest to place in the garden as they are so good at adapting to a wide range of growing conditions including dry shade and quickly spread to form a hummock of foliage that is good for suppressing weeds. Use it in woodland among ferns where the flowers will shine or under deciduous trees.


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