Re: [IGS] Hardy Geraniums with Bad Habits
Although the majority of hardy geraniums are really well behaved, there
are a few whose behaviour has to be monitored. We offer 32 different
named forms of G. x oxonianum in our catalog, which probably tells you
something about this plant. Most everyone has it seed around in their
gardens, and the seedlings often look a little different. The
temptation to name offspring is almost irresistible, hence the
incredible proliferation of names. Geranium versicolor seeds everywhere
and crosses with G. endressii, and G x oxonianum, and anyone weak enough
to be charmed by G. robertianum, even G. robertianum 'Celtic White',
lives to regret it, including me. Geranium sessififlorum 'Nigricans' is
a beast in gravel, although it is easy enough to pull out. Geranium
phaeum also seeds and produces a lot of inferior forms.
Basically, even when badly behaved, these are lovely plants, and for
every person who wants to keep everything neat and just-so, there is
someone else who wants to be invaded!
Weeding is good for the waistline!
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