Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'

£4.75
Aspect:
Full Shade
Aspect:
Full Sun
Aspect:
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types
Colour:
Purple

Sorry, sold out, but we are growing more so check again in a few weeks.

See full plant description below.

Plant Details

Rich purple flowers are borne in loose clusters on slender, upright stems above a dense clump of attractive, round mid green leaves. Flowers over a long period, from May to September. Plants form dense clumps of pale foliage which do well even in deep, dry shade. Happy in a sunny spot too.

Raised at Mayford, Surrey by the Geranium expert Trevor Bath and named in memory of his mother.

Attractive to bees.

Height and Spread: 75x 45cm

Myth and Legend

Apparently, the Prophet Mohammed, whilst resting beside a stream, decided to wash his shirt in the water. Having done so, he spread his shirt out to dry on a bed of mallows that grew close by and then lay down and slept. As he slept, a miraculous transformation occurred. First the mallows blushed with pleasure at having the opportunity to serve the great man. Then, by the time he awoke, the mallows had all been transformed into cranesbills.

Traditionally, cranesbills offer protection against snakes and serpents. Hence the following country rhyme:

Snakes will not go

Where geraniums grow.

Dreaming of geraniums is meant to be a sign that you need not worry about a recent quarrel, as it meant nothing and will soon be forgotten.

Common name(s): Hardy geranium; Dusky cranesbill

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.