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Geranium bohemicum

Geranium bohemicum
Geranium bohemicum
Deeply cut, softly hairy, somewhat dark-edged leaves
Geranium bohemicum

Family geraniaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 12-18"
Light sun-part shade
From seed self-seeds occasionally in our garden
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-June

Species native to Europe and western Asia. We grew ours from traded seed - the Thompson & Morgan catalog entry for the 'Orchid Blue' cultivar describes it as a short-lived, self-seeding perennial, but more reliable sources say it's an annual. Unlike perennial cranesbills, whose seed ripens over a prolonged period, here the flowers come in a big flush, followed by the seed ripening up all at once. The photo at right shows a few spent seedheads that have already shot their seeds away, a few that are ready to shoot, along with a straggler flower.

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

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Orchid Blue' from '06 trade. Baggy 35F (45d) - 70F (4w; 7%G, 4d) - pot (no further G)
  2. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 35F (53d; 22%G, 18d) - 70F (no G, 7d)
  3. Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 35F (6w; 5%G, 18d) - 70F (5%G, 6d)
  4. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (10w; 5%G, 7w) - 70F (3w; 5%G, 2w)
  5. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (8w; 5%G, 3-5w) - 70F (10d; no G)
  6. Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 35F (14%G, 16d-13w)

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