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Family: GeraniaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: BlueLeaf Colour: GreenPosition: SunSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 45cm to 60cm (18" to 2')Pot Size: 9cm
Species from Lake Baikal, Russia, with finely divided leaves and erect stems of deep blue flowers. Average soil in the open. 30cm.
This lovely plant is unfortunately often mis-represented in cultivation, with taller plants often being sold under this name. The true Geranium transbaicalicum should generally be no more than 30cm tall, though with some competition from neighbouring plants it might exceed this a little.
A clump forming species very close to our native meadow cranesbill, Geranium pratense (with which it is often muddled), this produces finely cut leaves with the divisions almost reaching the leaf base, just like meadow cranesbill. The leaves on Geranium transbaicalicum are mid green and smaller than most forms of Geranium pratense.
Stocky stems support a display of largish light, mid blue flowers in early to mid summer, usually with pale or white veins. Unfortunately flowering tends to last only a few weeks and does not repeat.
As the name suggests, from the area around Lake Baikal, where it does intergrade with Geranium pratense.
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