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Family: GeraniaceaeMain Season: SpringFlower Colour: PinkLeaf Colour: GreenFoliage: DeciduousPosition: SunSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 15cm to 30cm (6" to 12")Peat Free? YesHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20CPot Size: 9cm
From seed, this can have palest pink flowers veined deeper or uniform light pink flowers. Moist humusy soil in sun or shade. 30cm.
This is one of those species that should be widely grown in gardens but is still rarely seen. The reason is that it does seem to be a little tricky to grow long term, with young plants growing and flowering well for a few years before rotting off in the winter one year. The problem is likely to be related to where it comes from in the wild, the western half of the USA and Canada which covers a wide range of climates. The source, therefore, of cultivated stock will determine what conditions it will require in the garden. The key thing to avoid seems to be a wet, freeze/thaw/freeze cycle in the winter.
Assuming you can grow it in your garden it will make anice neat clump of deep green, glossy leaves and short stems of flowers from June. We recommend collecting seed or allowing it to self seed as an insurance policy! The dreaded "well drained but moisture retentive" soil is the requirement for Geranium richardsonii, in light shade or sun.
We've made it sound like it isn't worth the effort but that isn't really true, we keep on trying and have done for nearly 20 years!
Western north America from New Mexico to northern Canada.