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Herbaceous Perennial

Geranium psilostemon 'Bressingham Flair'
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Armenian cranesbill 'Bressingham Flair'

A mound-forming, deciduous, herbaceous perennial, bearing mid-green, deeply divided, lobed leaves, which often turn red in autumn, on stems to 90cm (30in) high and across. In summer, many single, dark pink, saucer-shaped flowers with a black eye and purple veins are produced, that are attractive to bees and other pollinators, making it a good addition to the wildlife garden.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Black Purple Green
Autumn Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Geraniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or partial shade is best but shade is tolerated. Quite a tall species so may need support to prevent it flopping

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring, or take basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back after flowering to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers. Remove old dead foliage in spring before growth commences

Pests

May be susceptible to vine weevil, geranium sawfly, slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews, downy mildews and a virus

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