Canary Island Geranium

Thu, Apr 10, 2008

Exotic

Canary Island Geranium - Geranium palmatum
Latin name:
Geranium palmatum

Description: If you like Geranium maderense, but can’t grow it because its frost tender Geranium palmatum is an equally attractive alternative. This seductive short-lived perennial has long stems and finely divided mid-green leaves up to 35cm across. The flowers are saucer-shaped, five-petalled, pinkish purple up to 4cm across on large terminal heads up to 60cm across. The flower stems are rather sticky when touched as the stems are covered in purple glandular hairs.

Hardiness: hardy to about -5C for short periods

Height: 1.2m

Position: Full sun to light shade

Soil: humus rich, very well drained soil

Water: Fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Best grown close to a path where you can enjoy the enormous sprays of purply-pink in summer

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