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Re: Hardy Geranium?

Hi there Ingrid,

Its good to hear from you again.

G. 'Apple Blossom' is a cross of G. argenteum and G. cinereum var cinereum (= G. x lindavicum) and pretty much intermediate between them. In particular, the leaves are somewhat greener than the real silver colour of G. argenteum. Its a plant that seems to be easily damaged by winter wet and probably not too cold hardy either. Its a great pity as its a beautiful plant. It was originally raised by Alan Bloom, who also produced G. 'Ballerina' and G. 'Laurence Flatman' (note correct spelling!).

A number of breeders have tried such crosses over the last hundred years or so. In particular, Sündermann, Arends and Gore-Booth, though there is still some argument about who did which cross! Currently, there are breeders working on similar crosses, such as Cyril Foster, in the UK, and Rolf Offenthal, Germany. Both are particularly interested in hardy versions of the x lindavicum cross.

Best Regards,
David Victor

Saxifragaceae, Geraniaceae, Arisaema, Cape bulbs, Paeonia, Salvias, Irids and anything else that is beautiful

Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Zone 7

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