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Geranium wallichianum 'Buxtons Variety'

Geranium wallichianum 'Buxtons Variety'
Geranium wallichianum 'Buxtons Variety'
Fall color in mid-November

Common name cranesbill
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue, summer into fall
Size 12"
Light part shade-full sun
Cultural notes not fussy
From seed self-seeds in our garden
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
Seed ripensmid-October

One of the first cranesbills we ever grew. Starting a little later than most of the perennial geraniums, it flowers for a long time through summer. The billowing mounds of foliage are attractive all year; trimming spent flowerstalks off helps keep the appearance neat (but we hardly ever get around to that). The plants grow from long taproots, which makes them tough garden citizens, but also makes them difficult to transplant – they sulk even when transplanted in mid-spring, but eventually perk up again. Although this page is still named 'Buxton's Variety', our current plants are the great-great-great-grandkids of our original plants, so they may be closer to the unselected plain species. Which is just fine by me.

Typical cranesbill foliage, a little softer-cut than some others
Geranium wallichianum 'Buxtons Variety'
And a typical cranesbill fruiting structure, with seeds arranged around the bottom end of a pointy shooting device

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Read about all the cranesbills in our garden on my geraniums page

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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