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Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'

Hardy geranium

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Violet

Feature

Flowers

Skill level

Beginner

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (60262)

Plant details

Gravetye' is one of the most compact varieties of Geranium himalayense, with very large violet-blue flowers which have red-flushed white centres and appear intermittently throughout summer into early autumn. Its finely-cut foliage is also attractive and colours beautifully in autumn. To keep plants in looking their best, remove old flowered stems and leaves and lift and divide them every few years in spring. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Geranium

Species: himalayense

Cultivar: Gravetye

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Violet

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: May to September


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