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Herbaceous Perennial

Geranium kishtvariense
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Kishtvar cranesbill

G. kishtvariense is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, 30cm high, with deciduous, five-lobed, finely toothed, wrinkled, bright green leaves, 4-9cm across, and upward-facing, shallowly cup-shaped flowers, 4cm across, with dark, almost black anthers and stigmas, and petals which are rich purple or intensely rich pink, with fine purple veins, and with a small white V-shaped patch at the base of each petal, over a long flowering period throughout summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 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
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
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

Unresolved

Plant range
W Himalaya

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in partial shade, or in sun if in a cool position, in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in containers outdoors as soon as seed is ripe or in spring, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free, but may be affected by capsid bug, geranium sawfly, vine weevil, slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free, but may be affected by a rust, a downy mildew, leafy gall, and virus diseases; may also be affected powdery mildews in dry conditions

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