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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’
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Geranium macrorrhizum Spessart

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<i>Geranium macrorrhizum</i> ‘Spessart’

<i>Geranium macrorrhizum</i> ‘Spessart’

Geranium

Cranesbill

We’re talking about hardy Geraniums, not the better-known, anything-but-subtle Pelargoniums. True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with five-petaled flowers borne on dainty stems close to the palmately-divided leaves.

Their spectrum of colors, from cool to electric, is rivaled only by their ability to create soft mounds and flowing carpets of lush foliage in ordinary garden soil. We plant a succession of varieties to always have some in bloom from spring to fall. Our selections are easily grown and will rebloom after flowering if lightly trimmed. Most die back in winter.

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ full sun  partial shade

With a distinctive fresh fragrance and stamina galore, this mat-forming perennial yields a natty carpet of long-petioled, thick and broadly lobed pubescent leaves. Plentiful clustered white flowers blush the palest pink in summer, sporting pink calyxes and stamen filaments.

Spreading by a hearty underground rootstock, the dense semievergreen foliage manifests bright reds and yellows during autumn and makes a suitable understory for Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Amethyst’.

Blooms May – August.

Size: 12" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ (P-1029)
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