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Botanical names:
Geranium macrorrhizum Accepted
Geranium macrorrhizum subsp. macrorrhizum Synonym
Geranium macrorrhizum var. angustilobium Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10 inches (25 cm)
Plant Spread: Spreads by stolons but easily controlled.
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeding
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Other: Take semi-ripe cuttings during the late summer when growth has slowed and plant stems have become firmer.
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2009 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Doing wonderfully with all the extra rainfall this year.

June Plants for Honey BeesJune Plants for Honey Bees
By Mindy03 on June 2, 2012

Summer is coming, with longer days and hotter temperatures. June is still a great month for honey bees, but they may not produce as much honey as the days get hotter.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 1:07 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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