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I think it comes into the category of "be careful what you wish for" plants. Like oriental poppies and forgetmenots.
Still, I suppose if you have a spot where nothing else will grow, Bill Wallis is the man to fill it.
Btw, are you from north America or do you really grow it in a yard? It would be tough enough I suppose.
Sorry for the Americanism, Didn't mean to say that really because it is growing in my lawn. Watching too much US tv.
The entry in my Hardy Geranium book says:
G. pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis.' Dark bluish purple. Very pretty, but is capable of spreading like a weed. The name is often misspelled 'Bill Wallace.'
I believe it spreads by scattering an enormous amount of seed, which germinate and grow quickly steamrollering other plants in the garden. Therefore have to be careful where you plant it if you allow it into your garden.
lovely story Ian. Thanks for sharing it. I love to hear how plants come by their names.
What a smashing post. I was given this plant in return for some others I had passed on. I love it, it frothed about with its lititle purple blue flowers in a cool corner. It has self seeded a little but no way is it a problem for me. I've never seen it any where in the NE. Thanks Ian for posting.