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Geranium 'Khan'

Geranium 'Khan'

Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Magenta
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  30cm to 45cm (12" to 18")
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H7 minimum at least -20C
Pot Size:  9cm



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(Geranium sanguineum x ?Geranium wlassovianum)

A brilliant Geranium with large magenta-purple flowers from May until the frosts. The larger Geranium sanguineum-type leaves and stems grow in a mound to 40cm.

Geranium 'Khan' is a bit of a show-off in the border!  The leaves are typical of Geranium sanguineum (bloody cranesbill) but deeper green and much larger.  The flowers could also be mistaken for that parent for a second or two.  Then you realise that the colour is much richer and more intense than any Geranium sanguineum and that the flowers are two to three times the size of most bloody cranesbill flowers.

The habit is much like Geranium sanguineum but, again, larger.  The flowering clump will get to c. 40cm tall and the flower stems spread up to 90cm in mid summer.  'Khan' will flower from late May until the frosts in October or even later, December flowers have been recorded several years.  There will be a good display of autumn foliage colour in most seasons too.  'Khan' is deciduous in cold winters but may retain a small clump of leaves in mild winters or very sheltered gardens.

syn. Geranium 'Wisley Hybrid'

Found by Allan Robinson at the RHS Garden Wisley in the mid 1990s.