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Erodium manescavii

Erodium manescavii
Common name heronsbill
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers violet, in summer
Size 12"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
From seed nick seed, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate June

Well-behaved relative of the hardy geranium (cranesbill), features purple flowers over attractive, finely cut foliage. The intricate markings (little faces) on the flowers are noticeable only up-close. Low-maintenance perennial.

Erodium manescavii
We're grateful for any plant that's still flowering in early November
Leaves are quite different from those of their geranium relatives
Erodium manescavii
A new crop of plants, grown from seed mislabeled as E. castellanum, is almost certainly E. manescavii, even though its color is more in the blue spectrum.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 trade. Baggy 70F (70%G, 7-21d). Nicking necessary for some seeds
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (20%G, starting 3d)
  3. Seed from '02 garden. Baggy 70F (25%G, 9d)
  4. Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 70F (84%G, starting 16d). Some seeds would not germinate until after nicking, as long as 60d after starting
  5. Seed from '04 garden. Nicked through outer coat. Baggy 70F (40%G, 8-11d)
  6. Seed from '09 trade (not nicked). Baggy 70F (63%G, 7-26d)

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