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Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Hi everyone, could anyone help me identify this plant? It is at the bottom of my garden (already there when i moved in) and it's spreading like wildfire. Ive looked online and can't find it, the closest ive come is mallow but that seems to have different green leaves. Thank you!





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Calsurf73
Nov 14, 2014 8:42 AM CST
It looks like one of the true (hardy) geraniums but I don't know which one.
Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 8:45 AM CST
thanks so much for the response carlsurf73
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lovemyhouse
Nov 14, 2014 8:52 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome!
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Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 9:00 AM CST
hi, thanks for the welcome... Ive lived here for 4 years and never knew what this lovely plant was at the bottom of my garden. It attracts lots of bees in the summer and little hedgehogs hide in there during the autumn and winter. In the last 2 weeks I became the owner of a tortoise who has had a rocky start in her first 5 years of life. Im hoping to give her a wonderful home, and from what ive been reading these plants make excellent food for a hermanns tortoise! They just keep growing and growing no matter how hard I cut them back so im sure there will be plenty to share between the bees hedgehogs and tortoise!
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Calsurf73
Nov 14, 2014 9:24 AM CST
Click on the left side of this page where it says Plant Database. When that opens, go to the second box down that says "Visit our custom databases". Then scroll down and click where it says Geraniums. It will open up to 45 pages of geraniums. They don't all have photos but you might recognize yours.
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kylaluaz
Nov 14, 2014 9:51 AM CST
It is definitely a wild geranium, they are all over the US far as I know, and they make a lovely groundcover.
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2014 10:26 AM CST
Welcome! from me too Katfinlou! It would help narrow down an identity of that beautiful flower if we knew what area you live in. Are you in the U.S.A. ... North, South, West?? Or Europe, Australia, South America?

I'm really bad at comparing photos for identification but it reminds me of Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=GEMA

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Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 10:35 AM CST
Im im the UK, North northumberland. Im amazed it just keeps going because it's always raining and we have really poor summer despite what the weather reports say...they seem to focus on london and forget about us up here. Theres an almost permanent blanket of thick grey cloud and yet this little flower keeps on coming back year after year!!
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JRsbugs
Nov 14, 2014 10:46 AM CST
Geranium x oxonianum, I have several crosses (self sets) with G. versicolor and another pink Geranium I have.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=geranium+x+oxonianum&biw=1...

There's several named selections on the market. They vary a great deal in form.
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Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 11:01 AM CST
Thanks to everyone for their prompt responses!! What a lovely friendly forum this is
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2014 11:05 AM CST
Janet to the rescue! Hurray! Hurray!

Katfinlou: There is information about that Geranium here in our ATP database: Hardy Geranium (Geranium x oxonianum)

And, I hope it's okay that I submitted a proposal to move your lovely photos over to the database entry. Smiling

We have a great group of members here so I hope you will stick around and get to know us! Again, Welcome!
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Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 11:26 AM CST
That's fine about the photos , do I have to do it? Im not very good with technical stuff. Im really pleased you liked the pics Smiling
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2014 11:47 AM CST
Kay, no you don't have to do it, I've already submitted the proposal to move your photos to the database; they should show up there in a little while after one of the database administrators has had a chance to approve them.
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2014 6:12 PM CST
Kat: Your photos are now showing up in the database, you can view them here: Hardy Geranium (Geranium x oxonianum)

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Name: Kay Robertson
Ashington, Northumberland. UK
Katfinlou
Nov 14, 2014 7:53 PM CST
That's lovely, thank you very much 😃👍
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2014 10:04 PM CST
You are very welcome! If you have any plant photos that you'd like to add to the database, it's really easy. Just go to the plant database page and type in the name of the plant you are searching for, once you find the exact plant, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you will see a section that says Adding Actions; click on "Upload a Photo", you will then get a message asking what the picture is of; entire plant, bloom, leaves etc. All pictures we upload to the database go into a queue for the moderators to approve and once approved you will get a message once they have been added.
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Calif_Sue
Nov 16, 2014 1:30 AM CST

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plantladylin said:scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you will see a section that says Adding Actions; click on "Upload a Photo",


Or you can also find that same Adding Actions on the left side in the blue section without scrolling too far. nodding


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2014 9:40 AM CST
LOL Sue, that sure makes it much easier ... and I don't know why I never noticed that on the sidebar before except that I'm not so observant sometimes. Green Grin!
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Calif_Sue
Nov 16, 2014 9:55 AM CST

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Sometimes you just get in the habit of doing things a certain way! I used to scroll down all the time and one day when I was scrolling down through an entry full of photos, my eye spotted it on the left and ding ding! what?! why did I never see that before?! Hilarious!
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