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Garden Blog PARC'S | June 1, 2022

Plant of the month June: Geranium wallichianum "Lilac Ice

Geranium wallichianum 'Lilac Ice' is a perennial that adds interesting accents to the garden from May to November with its soft purple flowers.

Plant profile

Botanical Name: Geranium wallichianum 'Lilac Ice'
German Name: Stork's Bill 'Lilac Ice'
Family: Geranium
Flowering Time: May to November
Flowers: Pale Purple
Growth habit: Flowering perennial
Europe / Himalaya

Detail of the cranesbill 'Lilac Ice

Cranesbill is an erect perennial that shines with its particularly long flowering period. It belongs to the genus of geraniums, of which there are between 380 to 430 species. The delicate purple flowers are marked with dark veins and create beautiful accents in the garden.

The flower is a good source of food for bees, bumblebees and other insects. Geranium has fanned leaves in a fresh green and thanks to its robustness is an eye-catcher throughout the summer. It is hardy and robust, which is possibly due to its origin, the Himalayas.

Use in design

Geranium wallichianum is also known as cranesbill and is versatile: it is suitable both as ground cover and as a rose companion and is equally convincing in magnificent perennial beds.

Cranesbill 'Lilac Ice' likes a sunny to semi-shady location with a humus-rich and well-drained soil. The more sun the cranesbill receives, the more abundant the flowers will be. The plant is perennial and an undemanding, faithful as well as reliable companion that inspires envy in its beholders. 

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