[IGS] Big thanks to Robin

sophie....Big thanks for a very intrested letter...I wonder if you
also know any growers who have this wonderfuls hardy geranium,and
also if they can send to Sweden,,,Big thanks..I am very grateful
for your answer..sophie

> Dear Sophie:
> As far as I know there aren't very many hardy geraniums with
> flowers. Geranium pratense has the most (3).  Actually, I
believe Blooms
> of Bressingham in the U.K. has another named double lavender
form of G.
> pratense, but I haven't seen it. G. x oxonianum 'Sue Cox' is the
> one I know of with any additional color on the leaf.  All the
> flowered forms seem to be sterile, and so they have to be
divided by
> crowns, or by root division.  They include:
> Geranium pratense 'Plenum Violaceum' beautifully shaped,
> flowers
> Geranium pratense 'Plenum Caeruleum' light lavender-blue
flowers, with a
> pink flush
> Geranium pratense 'Plenum Album' - white flowers.  Some inferior
> have pink streaks in the petals.
> Geranium himalayense 'Plenum' (G. himalayense 'Birch Double') -
> lavender flowers
> Geranium x oxonianum 'Southcombe Double' - salmon-pink flowers,
not very
> floriferous, like powder puffs
> Geranium x oxonianum 'Sue Cox' - similar, but the leaves have a
> stain on the upper surface
> Geranium sanguineum (semi double) - a misnomer, really.   There
is an
> extra petal sometimes, which is slightly waved on the outer
edge, thus
> giving the appearance of extra petals
> Geranium psilostemon (semi double) - an extra petal, making six.
> flowers
> If anyone knows of others,  let us know.  The G. pratense
doubles are
> hard to find in nurseries.  We have a "Life List" here.
Collectors tend
> to wait for them to emerge from dormancy, and buy them all up
> immediately.  From what we have heard so far, the G. pratense
> (the plants, that is)  seem to be larger and lusher in cooler
> But maybe we haven't heard from people who are growing them in
> summers.
> Robin

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