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Geranium platyanthum 'Russian Giant'

Geranium platyanthum 'Russian Giant'
Price:  £4.50

Family:  Geraniaceae
Main Season:  Spring
Flower Colour:  Purple
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Light/Part Shade
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  60cm to 90cm (2' to 3')
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H7 minimum at least -20°C
Pot Size:  9cm



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Glowing purple flowers from April which are sideways facing, rather than nodding. Reasonable soil in sun or light shade. Deciduous, 70cm.

This more robust form of Geranium platyanthum makes solid clumps of largish mid green leaves on hairy stems and strong flower stems to 60cm.  The larger purple flowers put on a better show than the normal mauve version of the species and can continue flowering for several weeks starting in mid spring.  Good autumnal foliage colour is also something to look forward to with a splendid display or oranges, red and purple in most years before the plant dies down for the winter.

We grow it under a silver birch and it does remarkably well in the dry rooty soil, appreciating the light shade keeping the heat of the sun from it.  Geranium playanthum 'Russian Giant' should be fine in less shade providing the soil is a little better and doesn't dry out too much.

We named this form in 2004 which had been distributed by the now defunct Axletree Nursery as Geranium platyanthum giant form.  It is probably the same form that is described in Peter Yeo's book as having come from the Botanic Garden in Vladivostock, Russia.

Russia, China, Korea and Japan, woods and mountain meadows.

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