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Spotted Geranium

Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’

Geranium

Cranesbill

We’re talking about hardy Geraniums, not the better-known, anything-but-subtle Pelargo­ni­ums. True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with 5-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: many will rebloom after flowering if lightly trimmed and most die back in winter.

 

<i>Geranium maculatum</i> ‘Espresso’

A superb selection of an eastern native, this toasty hued Geranium was discovered in the woods of Landenberg, PA by the astute folks at North Creek Nurseries. Delivering large flat-lying bold foliage—5 to 6 in. wide, deeply lobed and shaded in café au lait colors—the rounded compact clump maintains its color all season. Myriad 5-petaled lavender-pink flowers are adored by butterflies and later, prominent beaked seeds capsules add interest. ‘Espresso’ is an alluring, yet rugged, low-growing ground cover, preferring partial shade with average moisture. It’s unfazed by heat, humidity and dry soil, as well as deer, bunnies and other pests.

Blooms June–July

Size: 16" high x 18" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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