Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’

21 Jun

Geranium 'Wargrave Pink' (03/06/2011, Walworth, London)

Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ (03/06/2011, Walworth, London)

Position:  Full sun to partial shade.

Soil: Moist, well drained.

Flowering period: Early summer to autumn.

Eventual Height: 60cm

Eventual Spread:  60cm

Hardiness: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Geraniaceae

Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’ is an evergreen herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit. Its mid green leaves are divided into five lobes, have serrate margin, up to 8cm long and 8cm across. Its salmon pink flowers are up to 35mm across across, borne throughout the summer months.

Geranium 'Wargrave Pink' Flower (03/06/2011, Walworth, London)

Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ Flower (03/06/2011, Walworth, London)

Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’ is commonly known as the French Cranesbill or the Endres Cranesbill. Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’ is synonymous with Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ and Geranium endressii ‘Wargrave Pink’.

Geranium is derived from the Greek geranos, meaning ‘crane’; referring to the beak-like fruit. Oxonianum is derived from the fact that it is a hybrid created in Oxford.

Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ may be useful to the landscape architect as an effective evergreen ground cover and will aid in the suppression of weeds.  It will also tolerate dry shade and short periods of drought.

Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ will tolerate almost any soil conditions; it will be happy in acid, neutral or alkaline pH levels, or in loam, sand, clay or chalk based soils in a sheltered or exposed location facing any aspect.

Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’ Leaf (16/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Geranium x oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’ Leaf (16/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ will attract many pollinating insects such as butterflies and bees.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Geranium ‘Wargrave Pink’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Geranium × oxonianum ‘Wargrave Pink’ requires little maintenance. Flowered shoots and old stems may be removed to encourage new growth. Plants may be cut to ground level in mid-summer to keep them tidy looking, generally they will then produce more leaves and flowers. If the clumps become too large this plant may be divided in spring.

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