Geranium ‘Philippe Vapelle’

hardy geranium, cranesbill

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Outstanding Qualities

This interesting small hardy geranium is grown as much for its foliage as it is for its flowers. The leaves are rounded with a slight gentle cut and an unusual sage green color with a felted appearance. In late spring to early summer lavender-blue pop up above the leaves. Each bloom is etched with dark purple veins creating an almost violet-lavender tone to the flower. This is an excellent choice for the front of the garden bed or tucked into a rockery.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 3 in. (0.38 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: flowers in late spring to early summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: aphids, rabbits, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: black, bronze, burgundy, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, pink, purple, silver, white

Culture Notes
Geranium 'Philippe Vapelle' prefers a site with full sun and a rich well-drained to sandy soil location. It will flower and grow its best with regular watering during extended dry periods. The foliage can be cut to the ground in fall once it starts to look faded.
Geek Notes
This plant is a cross of Geranium renardii and G. platypetalum hybridized by Alan Bremner of Axletree Nursery in the United Kingdom. very similar to renardii 'Tcsdchelda' only less compact, less wrinkled leaves than renardii, longer bloom season than either parent; originally selected from a variable group of seedlings by geranium breeder Ivan Louette in the early 1990s.