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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

geranium 'Ingwersen's Variety'

Family

Geraniaceae


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

'Ingwersen's Variety' is a rhizomatous perennial to 40cm in height, with aromatic, rounded, deeply lobed leaves and flowers 25mm in width, with pale pink petals and contrasting deep pink calyces, in early summer

Synonym(s)

  • Geranium macrorrhizum 'Walter Ingwersen'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Useful as it is one of the few plants that can tolerate dry shade. Will grow in any, moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or any type of shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Low Maintenance or Drought Resistant


How to care

Pruning

Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers

Pests

May get vine weevil, capsid bug and sawflies

Diseases

May be affected by a downy mildew and powdery mildews