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Geranium sanguineum 'Glenluce'

Geranium sanguineum 'Glenluce'
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Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Pink
Leaf Colour:  Green
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  15cm to 30cm (6" to 12")
Pot Size:  9cm

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Beautiful large flowers of clear rose-pink. Relatively large clumps of rich green foliage to 30cm. Drained soil in sun or light shade.

Collected by A T Johnson near Glenluce in Scotland before 1937 as he described it in his book A Woodland Garden published that year:  "we hope some day to distribute an even better one which we found one day in a thicket of blackthorn on a cliff near Glenluce. Arobust plant of twenty inches with silky leaves, this carries from May to August large blooms of an exquisite wild-rose pink, quite free from that arrogant purple which is the insignia of the bluggy geranium".  I assume he couldn't print "bloody geranium" in those days, it's commonly used name nowadays being "bloody cranesbill" referring to the reddish purple of its flowers or its reddish autumn foliage colour.

Apparently first sold by Graham Stuart Thomas at Sunningdale Nursery in 1966.

 


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