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Erodium reichardii

 
Erodium reichardii
alpine geranium; heronsbill
Erodium reichardii
Small scalloped leaves

Synonym(s) Erodium chamaedryoides
Common name alpine geranium; heronsbill
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-7)
Flowers pink
Size 2"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

This plant came to us as an unlabeled gift, so its exact identity is unsure. It certainly is an Erodium species, and from browsing around on the web I've narrowed down the choices to E. reichardii or E. x variabile (a hybrid of reichardii and E. corsicum). Also unclear is the hardiness range - although I've found one source willing to proclaim it hardy to zone 5, others aren't as generous, and say zone 8, or "can tolerate temperatures down to 10F". I hope this one will survive - I'll keep it planted in its hypertufa home, to ensure decent drainage.

It didn't survive the winter in its container, so I purchased a new plant to take its place. This one came with a tag, so I can claim that it is an E. reichardii 'Roseum'. The tag says zone 8-9, so I guess we may have to treat it as an annual.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

Read about all the cranesbills and heronsbills in our garden on my geraniums page

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