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Geranium pyrenaicum 'Isparta'

Geranium pyrenaicum 'Isparta'
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Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Spring
Flower Colour:  Blue
Leaf Colour:  Green
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  45cm to 60cm (18" to 2')
Pot Size:  9cm

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Superior form introduced from Turkey by Peter Yeo. An upright imposing plant with attractive large rounded leaves and larger mauve-blue flowers from April. 50cm. For a sunny place in average to dry soil.

Whilst the usual versions of this self-seeding cranesbill are rather wishy-washy shades of mauve-purple, small flowered and generally a nuisance 'Isparta' is a really attractive, useful Hardy Geranium suitable for every garden situation from formal to wild.  Geranium pyrenaicum is technically perennial but in practice in the UK climate it is short-lived, 2-3 years on average, so we recommend treating it as biennial/monocarpic.

In the first year 'Isparta' will produce a rosette of rounded, light green, leaves typically to 10cm high and 30cm across.  The following spring the flowers will start to appear in April, on upright stems the height of which will vary according to your conditions, soil and the neighbouring plants.  30cm with no competition, in well drained soil to 60cm or more in better soil in amongst other plants.  The flowers are up to 2cm across (about double the weedy forms!) and an attractive light lilac-purple.  The main flush goes from April to June and there will often be some flowers to be seen until the autumn.

Best grown in light, sandy soil in full sun for the most typical growth but will tolerate quite a bit of shade and will love it if your soil is better, moister, more fertile etc.  That said, too much winter wet can kill the young plants off so avoid areas prone to waterlogging.  For the same reason they hate growing in pots and we rarely have any available until late spring.

From southern Europe, north west Africa and possible the Middle East/Asia but it is widely naturalised and a little hard to tell quite where it is supposed to be.  Naturalised in north America and the United Kingdom.


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