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Geranium pratense 'Mrs Kendall Clark' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Grey/Silver and Pale Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

meadow cranesbill 'Mrs Kendall Clark'

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

'Mrs Kendall Clark' is a compact herbaceous perennial making a clump to 60cm in height, with jaggedly-lobed leaves and light grey-violet flowers 4cm in width, tinged rose-pink

Synonym(s)

  • Geranium pratense 'Mrs K. Clark'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in any, moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Full sun or partial shade is best but shade is tolerated

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 or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

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

Pests

Can get vine weevil, capsid bug and sawflies

Diseases

May be affected by a downy mildew and powdery mildews