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GERANIUM (PATRICIA)

Image of Geranium 'Brempat' (PATRICIA) PPAF

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM 'Brempat'(PATRICIA) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Cranesbill, Patricia Cranesbill

General Description

In early summer, Patricia produces lots of vibrant magenta-pink flowers with black eyes. This hardy herbaceous perennial has a large, mounded, spreading habit. It is vigorous, easy to grow and one of the better tall cranesbill cultivars for general garden use. It was bred by the prolific Geranium hybridizer Alan Bremner and is a cross between Geranium endressii and G. psilostemon.

The fine-textured leaves of Patricia are medium green, palmate, deeply lobed and have toothed edges. From early to midsummer, its hairy stems hold clusters of magenta-pink, five-petaled flowers with black centers. These are followed by seed-filled dry fruits that are shaped like bird's beaks. The seeds are viable, and plants will self-sow. After flowering, cut the old stems back to encourage a flush of fresh new growth.

Grow this hardy geranium in full sun and average garden soil with even moisture and average drainage. It is tolerant of alkaline and clay soils. Plants may need staking because their stems can be upright and leggy—particularly if grown in partial sun. When summers heat up the plants should be supplied with regular water. This perennial is ideal for mixed perennial borders and cottage gardens. Its seedlings will be variable and not true to parent.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    22"-28" / 55.9cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    27"-34" / 68.6cm - 86.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Magenta, Black

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green, Orange, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes