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Geranium versicolor (Pencilled geranium)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.45m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Geranium versicolor

Other names

Pencilled geranium, Pencilled cranesbill, Geranium striatum, Veined geranium

Genus

Geranium Geranium

Species

G. versicolor - G. versicolor is a mounded, clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with lobed, toothed, light green leaves, occasionally marked with brown, and, in late spring and sporadically until mid-autumn, loose clusters of white, funnel-shaped flowers with magenta veins.


Geranium versicolor is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Cushion or Mound Forming

Flower

Veined, Magenta, White in Spring; White, Veined, Magenta in Summer; Magenta, White, Veined in Autumn

Foliage

Light green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove old flowers and leaves to encourage the production of new growth.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Geranium versicolor (Pencilled geranium) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Best planted in most moderately fertile soil (apart from waterlogged).

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Geranium versicolor

Other names

Pencilled geranium, Pencilled cranesbill, Geranium striatum, Veined geranium

Genus

Geranium Geranium

Species

G. versicolor - G. versicolor is a mounded, clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with lobed, toothed, light green leaves, occasionally marked with brown, and, in late spring and sporadically until mid-autumn, loose clusters of white, funnel-shaped flowers with magenta veins.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Cushion or Mound Forming


Colour

Flower

Veined, Magenta, White in Spring; White, Veined, Magenta in Summer; Magenta, White, Veined in Autumn

Foliage

Light green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove old flowers and leaves to encourage the production of new growth.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Geranium versicolor (Pencilled geranium) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Best planted in most moderately fertile soil (apart from waterlogged).

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Geranium versicolor (Pencilled geranium)

Common pest name

Green semi-looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest which is morphologically identical to a pest already established in the UK in protected environments and being controlled by IPM. Not expected to cause greater impacts than other species of Chrysodeixis in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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