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Geranium nodosum ‘Svelte Lilac’
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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 nodosum ‘Svelte Lilac’ partial shade  shade lover

Glossy bright green, shallowly lobed and finely serrated leaves form handsome hummocks that support a bevy of endearing lilac-colored flowers. Its abundant funnelshaped blooms showcase pale eyes and delicate notched petals with dark veins.

First offered by the British nursery, Monksilver, this hearty Geranium endures dry shade and is well-suited for colonizing under trees in a border or woodland garden.

Blooms May – October.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Geranium nodosum ‘Svelte Lilac’ (P-1496)
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