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Family: GeraniaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: PurpleLeaf Colour: Brown/Purple/RedFoliage: DeciduousPosition: Light/Part ShadeSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 30cm to 45cm (12" to 18")Peat Free? YesHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20CPot Size: 9cm
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A distinct, more compact, form of this lovely late flowering species with light purple flowers to 35cm. Attractive spring and autumn foliage. Good soil in sun.
An unusual species worth growing for foliage as well as flower. The new growth emerges very early in late winter (often February) and is a warm, coppery, bronze and unfortunately often gets frosted but always produces a second, or third, crop. The leaves develop to a downy green and provide a good backdrop to the bright purplish flowers that are produced on stems up to 35cm long from late summer into autumn.
As the nights get cooler in autumn the foliage again turns colour with chades of purple, red, orange and yellow creeping in over a few weeks until the first hard frost knocks the plant back underground for the winter.
For ordinary soil in full sun, though it will take a little shade, Geranium wlassovianum is very hardy and seems to last a long time in the garden with little attention. Totally deciduous, the old foliage and stems will usually disintigrate overwinter so you don't even have to cut it back!