Geranium – Cranesbill, Herb Robert, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Geranium – Cranesbill, Herb Robert

The plants, usually called
Geraniums, are really Pelargoniums and do not come within
the scope of this book. The true Geraniums are hardy
perennials growing 12 inches to 18 inches tall. They
range in color from lilac to rosy-purple. The most commonly
cultivated species, Geranium sanguineum, has
purple-crimson flowers producing a profusion of flowers
through the Summer. A white variety is frequently listed.
Two wild sorts are worthy of places in the wild garden
or moist rockery, namely: G. Robertianum, the
Herb Robert, which has tiny magenta flowers and deeply
cleft leaves. The plants are encountered frequently
in very moist, rocky woods. They are easily distinguished
by their peculiar odor. This is a biennial sort but
will self-sow itself year after year. G. maculatum,
the Spotted Crane’sbill, is far the commoner wild
sort. The flowers vary from light to dark magenta. Both
of these species are very hairy.

UTILIZE. The smaller plants
are excellent for pot culture or to use as edgings for
borders. Many are grown in rockeries, in which situations
Herb Robert and the spotted Crane’sbill are especially
attractive. Sometimes the flowers are cut and used in
small basket or vase decorations.

GENERAL. Geraniums do nicely
in moist places. The wild sorts will not stand the hot
sun. Any good garden soil will do. They thrive best
transplanted in the Spring.

PROPAGATION. They are propagated
by sowing the seed during the latter part of Summer,
and are usually wintered in coldframes.

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