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Commonly known as Meadow cranesbill
Genus of about 300 species of annuals, perennials and herbaceous, semi-evergreen, and evergreen, sometimes tuberous perennials widely distributed throughout temperate regions.
Pelargoniums, including those with the scented leaves, mainly evergreen, and hailing in the main from South Africa are commonly, and always will be incorrectly known as geraniums. The blazing-red geraniums in clay pots outside a thousand cottages throughout England are pelargoniums but will remain as geraniums and will remain as red.
Long-lived, undemanding geraniums, or cranesbills, can be the mainstay of any garden providing forms for rockeries, ground cover, wild gardens and borders.
Of the dozen or so native species G. pratense, meadow cranesbill with its large, blue flowers is the most well-known. It is found on chalk and in limestone areas of the UK.
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Height - 35cm (14in)
Spread - 45cm (18in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - clump forming perennial. 7- to 9-lobed basal leaves, 20cm (8in) long, the lobes often deeply divided and toothed. Erect flowers 3.5-4.5cm (1½-1¾in) across in dense clusters.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Additional Features - Good to know - form of the native cranesbill. Wildlife plant - bees and other insects
Pests & Diseases - vine weevil, slugs, snails. Viruses, downy mildew. Powdery mildew in dry conditions.
Place of origin - Europe, central Asia, western China.
Flower Shape - Saucer-shaped
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly
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