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Pelargonium 'Lord Bute' (R)
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pelargonium 'Lord Bute'

'Lord Bute' is a bushy, spreading plant to 45cm tall, with rounded leaves and large, deep blackish-red flowers to 5cm across, each petal finely edged with red

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Geraniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Name status

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Regal pelargoniums are evergreen perennials or subshrubs, bushy in habit, with rounded, often lobed leaves and usually single flowers to 4cm across, borne in clusters in late spring and into summer, in shades of pink, red, orange and purple or white

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings. See Pelargonium cultivation for further advice.

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer and overwinter plants in frost free conditions or propagate by softwood cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Deadhead regularly

Pests

Leafhoppers, vine weevils, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats, glasshouse whitefly and aphids can be troublesome

Diseases

Foot and root rots and grey moulds are often troublesome in wet conditions. A virus may occur, particularly where cultivars are maintained by cuttings

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