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Herbaceous Perennial

Geranium reflexum
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reflexed cranesbill

A deciduous, clump forming, herbaceous perennial, producing lobed leaves on lax stems to 75cm (30in) high with clusters of pink reflexed flowers with paler centres in spring and intermittently through summer.

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green Orange
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Correct

Plant range
S Europe

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Partial shade to full shade is best, but full sun is tolerated if the soil is moist.

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
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
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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