Geranium pratense20–24" tall. Clusters of single 1" sapphire-blue flowers with violet veins. Forms a slightly smaller mound than other geraniums we offer. Blooms continuously from late spring through fall, the first big flush of flowers arrives in late May, with a lighter repeat bloom cycle continuing well into autumn.
Vigor, longevity, hardiness, lo-o-ong flowering period and lush attractive foliage make this North American native useful for borders, edging, rock gardens or as an orchard companion.
Name confusion may be a big reason why this attractive easy-to-grow genus is not more well known: the popular bedding and indoor plant with big red flowers widely called called geranium is actually Pelargonium.
Beneficial insect attractor. Native pollinator plant. Low-growing spreading groundcover. For best results plant in the lightly shaded areas of wild open woodland gardens or in the orchard underneath your ancient apple trees. Plant 12-18" apart in average garden soil. Z4. (bare-root crowns)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.