Geranium maculatum ex ‘Espresso’ (Wild Geranium) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because germination can be very slow and irregular, and they require patience. I suggest sowing them outdoors, about 1/8″ deep, from midsummer through late fall, in a pot or in a holding bed. The general consensus is that they need a cold period before germinating in warmth, so look for seedlings the following year. If you want to try to speed up the process, you could put the pot in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for 2 to 3 months before moving it to a warm, bright place.

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Wild cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), also known as wild geranium, spotted geranium, spotted cranesbill, and wood geranium, is a perennial that’s at its best in mid- to late spring, when the bushy, 12- to 18-inch-tall plants produce an abundance of single, purplish pink flowers. ‘Espresso’ is a selection with chocolate (or should I say coffee?) brown foliage; its seedlings usually also share that trait but some may have green leaves instead. You wouldn’t think the foliage and flower colors would look good together, but they do—particularly when paired with chartreuse, such as lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) flowers or the foliage of ‘Gold Heart’ bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) or a golden hosta.

Spotted geranium can grow in full sun and average, well-drained soil but is at its best in partial shade with moist, rich soil. Native to much of eastern North America, the species is generally hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 8. Once you get the plant established, it is likely to self-sow.

I gathered these seeds in early June 2021. Each packet contains at least 10 seeds. Very few packets this year.

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