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Pelargonium 'Star Flecks' (St)
  • RHS AGM

geranium 'Star Flecks'

A ternder, evergreen perennial stellar Pelargonium with lobed dark green leaves and clusters of delicate star-like single creamy-pink, red-speckled flowers in summer. The delicate looking flowers have a robust, steady, long flowering period starting early in the season.

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

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
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
Stellar pelargoniums are compact Zonal types, with small leaves with pointed lobes, and star-shaped single or double flowers

How to grow

Cultivation

Will grow well in a frost-free environment, in well-drained fertile neutral to alkaline soil, preferably in full sun but will tolerate some partial shade, in borders or containers. Irrigate moderately from spring to summer, and sparingly in winter allowing the compost to dry up between waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season and switch to a high potassium fertilizer when flowering starts. Overwinter in containers before the first frost in autumn. See Pelargonium cultivation for further advice.

Propagation

Propagate from softwood cuttings from spring to autumn.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Bedding
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pinch back tips of shoots in spring or early summer and deadhead to promote flowering.

Pests

May be susceptible to thrips, vine weevil, leafhopper, root mealybugs and whitefly.

Diseases

May be susceptible to pelargonium rust, pelargonium virus and leafy gall.

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