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GERANIUM himalayense 'Gravetye'

Image of Geranium himalayense 'Gravetye'

James H. Schutte

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

GERANIUM himalayense 'Gravetye'

Plant Common Name

Gravetye Himalayan Cranesbill, Gravetye Lilac Geranium

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General Description

Boasting perhaps the largest flowers of any hardy geranium, this small to medium-sized perennial from the Himalayas bears its violet-blue, red-veined blooms in late spring and early summer. The five-petaled, saucer-shaped flowers have a white eye and a central beak-shaped seedpod. Plants expand by underground rhizomes to form spreading clumps of large, deeply cut leaves that turn red-orange in autumn's cold.

Grow Himalayan cranesbill in full to partial sun in any average garden soil that is not too dry or wet. Some shade is required in hot climates. It will succeed in full shade but with few or no flowers. Cut plants back after flowering to force vigorous new growth. Use this perennial in the mixed border or as a massed groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Central Asia, India, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Indigo, Dark Blue, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes