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Herbaceous Perennial

Geranium wlassovianum
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Wlassov's cranesbill

G. wlassovianum is a clump-forming, softly hairy, herbaceous perennial growing to about 60cm in height and spread. The leaves are flushed with purple-bronze in spring and summer and red in autumn. Bears loose sprays of long-lasting, purple-pink or pink flowers with five distinct petals, from midsummer to early autumn

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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
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Bronze Green
Summer Pink Purple Bronze Green
Autumn Pink Purple Red Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–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
Bushy
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
E Russia to China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Generally easy to grow but prefers a moist soil

Propagation

Divide in spring or take basal, softwood cuttings in early or mid spring and root with bottom heat

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

No pruning needed

Pests

May be damaged by vine weevil larvae, sawfly larvae, capsid bug, slugs and snails

Diseases

Occasionally affected by a virus or a downy mildew. Powdery mildews may develop in dry conditions

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