Plants­man’s favourites

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Plantswoman Fleur van Zon­n­eveld se­lects favourites for the month of May

The mal­low-flow­ered cranes­bill is a less com­mon but more beau­ti­ful rel­a­tive of Geranium tubero­sum. Like this close rel­a­tive, it is a tuber­ous­rooted peren­nial that is some­times sold by bulb spe­cial­ists. It makes an ideal ground­cover and is easy even in dry shade, but it is sum­mer dor­mant and dis­ap­pears af­ter f low­er­ing. Its red-veined, pale pur­ple-blue f low­ers, held above deeply di­vided leaves, are both lovely and ed­i­ble and add a fresh, slightly tart, ac­cent when tossed in among let­tuce and other salad leaves. Height 30cm. Ori­gin North Africa, south­ern Spain. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun or part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H5†. Sea­son Spring.

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