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Family: GeraniaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: PinkLeaf Colour: GreenFoliage: DeciduousPosition: SunSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 15cm to 30cm (6" to 12")RHS Award of Garden Merit: RHS Award of Garden MeritPeat Free? Not yetHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20°CPot Size: 9cm
(Geranium sanguineum x Geranium procurrens)
This Alan Bremner hybrid has intense reddish-pink flowers with bluish-purple shading over mounds of finely cut leaves from June to November. Average soil, sun or shade, 25cm. Brilliant.
With the look and similar habit of one of it's parents, Geranium sanguineum, Bloody Cranesbill, you would expect that this hybrid would be worth a try and you would certainly be right. Geranium 'Dilys' is one of three similar hybrids of Bloody Cranesbill (the others being; Geranium 'Diva' and Geranium 'Khan') which all have the divided leaf and tight rootstock of that parent but are influenced in different ways by their other parent.
'Dilys' grows from it's central crown each spring with a mass of quite small, light green, leaves and develops trailing flower stems to produce it's first flowers by June. The clump tends to get to no more than 30cm tall, less if in a dry sunny place, and will spread out to perhaps double that in full flower. The main flowering season is from June to September but it will carry on until the first frosts of winter so flowers in November are not uncommon!
The bonus with Geranium 'Dilys' is that the cooler autumn temperatures turn the foliage from light green to a variety of vibrant autumn shades, a glowing orange-red is quite prominant. The first proper frosts will knock back all foliage and it is completely deciduous.
Bred by Alan Bremner and named by Axletree in 1991. Named for Dilys Davies.
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