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Geranium x riversleaianum 'Russell Prichard'

Geranium x riversleaianum 'Russell Prichard'
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Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Magenta
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  Up to 15cm / 6"
RHS Award of Garden Merit:  RHS Award of Garden Merit
Pot Size:  9cm

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Very similar to Geranium 'Mavis Simpson' but this has magenta pink flowers. Low growing clumps with trailing summer flower stems. Drained soil in sun. 15cm by 1m spread.

One of the cranesbills we grew up with in the garden but not so often seen nowadays, 'Russell Prichard' makes a tight clump of crowns which produce a healthy clump of silvered green leaves and a mat of trailing flower stems in summer.  The whole plant dies back to the central clump for winter and is deciduous in cold areas and cold winters.  Geranium x riversleaianum 'Russell Prichard' is not one of the hardiest Hardy Geraniums and unfortunately often won't survive very cold winters.  Growing it in a well drained soil in full sun, protected from east winds will help, a raised bed is often best if you know you are in a frost pocket.

However, if you are in a position to keep him outside overwinter this is an outstanding plant for it's very low growing habit and it's long flowering season and attractive foliage.  The flowers are not that large, perhaps 20mm diameter, but ther are lots of them produced over an extended season from early June till the first hard frosts of winter.  If it goes out of flower in midsummer or looks straggly, a hard trim (back to the ground more or less) will encourage new flower stems within a few weeks.

Raised by Russell Prichard at Riverslea Nursery c. 1908.

Often incorrectly seen spelt Geranium x riversleaianum 'Russell Pritchard'.


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