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Geranium phaeum ‘Lavender Pinwheel’
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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 phaeum ‘Lavender Pinwheel’ partial shade  shade lover  new plant

Well-known plantsman and author Graham Rice wrote about this exquisite Geranium’s intriguing path to popularity, which includes a novice Dutch gardener, a wrecked rusty WWII aircraft, an enthusiastic garden writer as well as the Dutch wholesale nursery De Vroomen. Yet, its fanciful flowers are even more compelling. Each nearly translucent, pale lavender bloom sports purple veins radiating from a green center plus overlapping petals rimmed with a darker violet picotee for a unique shadow-like effect. All this lovely floral intricacy tops good-looking maroon-blotched green foliage.

Blooms April–August

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Geranium phaeum ‘Lavender Pinwheel’ (P-1989)
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