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Geranium x oxonianum ‘Walter’s Gift’    Family: Geraniaceae
(jer-AY-nee-um  ex  oks-oh-nee-AY-num)

Common name: cranesbill
Zone: 4 – 9
Height: 18 in (45 cm)   Spread: 18-24 in (45-60 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate    

Description: An herbaceous perennial with a broad, mounding habit. Scalloped-edged shiny green, lobed leaves are flushed with a dark reddish suffusion spreading out from the centre. Small, pale pink flowers with a network of deep magenta veins appear in spring.

 

Special Notes: A vigorous hybrid; a cross between G.eraniumendressii and Geranium versicolor. Very similar to Geranium x oxonianum ‘Katherine Adele’. Named after the former home of Mary Ramsdale in Essex, England where this seedling was found. Cut back severely after flowering to tidy up; fresh new leaves will appear and perhaps a second flush of blooms. Very easy care. Relatively pest and disease free. Drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant. Propagation by seed.

 

Posted on December 16, 2012