Kiwi Gardener



Adele Haxton asked us for help identifyin­g the plant pictured above.

This appears to be Geranium palmatum, distinguis­hed from the more common G. maderense by its lettuce-green leaves. Both are natives of Madeira and the largest of all 442 geranium species.

The other main difference is that G. palmatum is a perennial, whereas G. maderense has a two-year life cycle and dies after flowering (but it seeds prolifical­ly and seedlings will pop up all around the garden). There is also a white-flowered form of G. maderense, ‘Guernsey White’.

G. palmatum is available from a handful of specialist nurseries in New Zealand. – Gillian Vine

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