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Geranium himalayense (Lilac Cranesbill)

Lilac Cranesbill, Himalayan Crane's Bill, Geranium himalayense Alpinum , Geranium Grandiflorum, Himalayan Cranesbill, Geranium Meeboldii, Geranium himalayense var. Meeboldii


Forming dense, spreading mounds of neatly cut leaves, Geranium himalayense, commonly known as Lilac Cranesbill, produces dainty, yet very large, cup-shaped flowers, elegantly borne on long stems, in shades of violet, indigo and blue from early to mid summer. Compact, its foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season and makes it useful as a low ground cover. Turning showy reddish-orange in fall, it creates a pretty contrast.

  • Clump-forming and vigorous, this deciduous perennial reaches 9-18 in. in height (22-45 cm) and spreads 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm). This sturdy performer is not only easy to grow, but it also requires very little maintenance!
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade. Don't let the soil dry out! Native to the Himalaya, this Geranium likes cool locations.
  • A perfect border plant, it is a spectacular addition to beds, borders, cottage gardens or underplanting roses and shrubs.
  • Main cultivars are:
    Geranium 'Birch Double' or 'Plenum': 16 in. tall plants (40 cm) with double, blue-tinted violet blooms with attractive dark veining.
    Geranium 'Gravetye': 20 in. tall plants (50 cm) with large violet blue blooms with red-ringed white centers. AGM award of RHS
    Geranium 'Irish Blue': 18 in. tall plants (45 cm) with pale blue blooms with violet central markings.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 9" – 2' (22cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 9" – 2' (22cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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