Geranium ‘Philippe Vapelle’
hardy geranium, cranesbill
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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.
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.