Need Help to ID a Cranesbill Geranium

mcjaneNovember 20, 2005

I'm sure this is from the Cranebill Geranium family, but I cannot identify the species since there are so many different Cranesbill.

The soft leaves measure up to 3 inches across & the very bright pink flowers 1/4 inch.

I need to know more about it so I can care for it properly & would like to know if I should leave it outside over winter or if it would be better to bring it inside.

Also, in case my picture doesn't show up I would appreciate it very much if someone would tell how to do it on this forum.

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mcjane

Oops, my URL for my image did not show up. Here it is.

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    Bookmark   November 20, 2005 at 11:11PM
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gardengal48

It is Geranium robertianum, aka Herb Robert, a wild annual species that is considered a noxious weed in many parts of the country. Although quite hardy, often growing and blooming throughout winter in my climate, I wouldn't go to the effort of overwintering it. It self sows prolifically.

As Trevor Bath notes: "It often appears in the garden uninvited, looking delightful in the chink of a shady wall or paving. Turn your back and it will soon cover the whole garden, bedding itself comfortably in your most treasured small plants - you have been warned!"

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 12:14PM
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