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Geranium (Hardy Geranium or Crane’s Bill) ‘Katherine Adel

Geranium x oxonianum ‘Katherine Adele’ is a superior cultivar that has bold red/maroon blotched foliage. Large, purple veined silvery pink flowers are set off by the fanciful mound of deeply cut, dark green leaves splashed with burgundy. You may want to trim the plant to maintain its tidy form and provide enough sun to keep its rich coloring. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds but is resistant to deer. It self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season.

Noteworthy Characteristics: ‘Katherine Adele’ is grown for its interesting foliage, which is evergreen, aromatic, mottled burgundy and has a velvet/fuzzy-texture. In full sun it produces handsome mounds to 15 x 15 inches. The smaller habit makes this the perfect plant for the front of the border, where it can weave around spent spring bulb foliage and instantly refresh the bed. This is a very beautiful plant that will be greatly admired by visitors to the garden. It can be used for the front of flowerbeds, in cottage gardens or in mass for ground cover and edging. This Geranium is also suitable for growing in containers.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 15-18"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-7
Exposure Full Sun-Partial Shade
Foliage Green w/Mottled Burgundy Leaves
Flower Pale Pink
Bloomtime May-June

General Information +

Botanical: Geranium x oxonianum 'Katherine Adele'

Common: Crane's Bill

Family: Geraniaceae

General Characteristics: Geranium x oxonianum is a fertile hybrid between G. endressii and G. versicolor. Cymes of pink flowers with darker veins bloom from late spring into summer on clumping plants featuring 5-lobed basal leaves. 'Katherine Adele' is a vigorous cultivar that reportedly was discovered as a seedling from G. 'Walter's Gift'. It grows in a clump to 16" tall and as wide, and features light pink, 5-petaled flowers with dark petal veins and glossy, toothed, deeply-lobed, variegated green leaves with distinctive dark purple-black blotches. Flowers primarily bloom in May and June with a sparser continued bloom sometimes occurring in summer.

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Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spots.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates some drought, but prefers humusy, moderately fertile soils with regular and consistent moisture plus good soil drainage. Full sun is best in cool northern summer climates, but some part afternoon shade is appreciated in hot summer climates such as the St. Louis area. Deadheading is tedious for larger plantings and probably unnecessary. Foliage may decline after flowering in hot summer climates, at which point it should be cut back and shaped to revitalize, with additional sporadic rebloom sometimes occurring later in summer. Propagate by division.