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Family: GeraniaceaeMain Season: SpringFlower Colour: PinkPosition: Light/Part ShadeSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 45cm to 60cm (18" to 2')Pot Size: 9cm
The usual form of Geranium gracile, from the Caucasus, with many pretty pink funneled flowers over broad leaves. Shade or an open position where not hot and dry. Deciduous. Late spring-summer. 60cm.
This cranesbill has hardly been grown in UK gardens for some reason yet it is an attractive, easy and isn't any trouble at all! If you grow Geranium nodosum then it is easy to think of Geranium gracile as a bigger version of that species.
Geranium gracile makes clumps of it's big lobed leaves with wiry stems rising well above. The funnel-shaped flowers on this form are distinctly brighter and deeper on the inside, paler light pink on the reverse. Very hardy and suitable for shady places, under deciduous trees or shrubs being ideal. We have not yet tested it to the extremes that Geranium nodosum will grow (very shady and dry) but it is doing well under the shade of one of our willow windbreaks, about 1.5m from the trunks of the willows.
This name published by Axletree Nursery in 1993 to distinguish this form from the other cultivated form of the species at the time. The other form called Geranium gracile 'Blanche' is very pale pink (said to be white by some) and quite slow growing, we should have it available sometime soon...
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