Geranium riversleaianum ‘Russell Prichard’

hardy geranium


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Outstanding Qualities

Geranium x riversleaianum 'Russell Prichard' is a low-growing, trailing, vigorous hardy geranium that is perfect for scrambling into and around its neighbors, adding textural interest and filling openings at the front of a sunny border. It blooms for a long time, producing large, rich magenta flowers from June until September. The plant itself reaches about 18 inches high and 36 inches wide, the flowers sit about 18 inches above the leaves. Its leaves are hairy, deeply lobed and grey-green. Combine this cultivar with gold- or blue-foliaged plants. It also looks good with salvias, astrantias, and Eryngium. This is a hybrid between G. endressi and G. traversii.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during prolonged dry spells

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: pink, lavender, purple

Culture Notes
This hardy geranium prefers full sun but tolerates part shade. Plant it in average, well-drained soil. Cut the stems and leaves to the ground in late fall. Divide the plant every third year, in fall, to keep it vigorous and to keep the center of the plant full. If your garden has a high population of root weevil pests, they may eat this geranium. Consult your local nursery if you see notches on the edges of the leaves.