Geranium madarense | Guernsey WhiteRegular price $12.00 Save $-12.00
This is a plant that seems to be hard to find these days and it is certainly striking, although when we grow from seed these can be fairly erratic in their germination so often we only have a few plants but once established in your garden, the fresh seed easily germinates from the parent plant.
Geranium madarense is a biennial but can take up to two years before you see it flower. A native to the island of Madeira where it is regularly exposed to Atlantic Ocean gales so it can hold is own if planted in a windy position as its strong leaf stems form a circle of buttress props to keep itself upright.
The plants form a huge clump of beautiful soft dark green finely divided leaves and when it is finally ready to flower, it can be described as an explosion of white upwardly facing flowers which are nested in the middle of the beautiful foliage, a real show stopper. Flowering occurs from spring into summer.
Bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects will not be able to believe their luck with this growing in your garden with so many flowers in ones place ... a lazy bees paradise!
Plant in a well drained position in full sun or shade. Plants are happy in clay or sandy soils, and do not mind summer humidity as well as being an ideal choice for coastal and windy gardens but will appreciate a deep watering with drying out between drinks - avoid overhead watering. Plants however are relatively drought tolerant once established but again we mulch ours just for that added layer of protection in overly dry summers.
Plants will appreciate some overhead protection from heavy frosts. We have been down to zero with ours planted here and just deciduous trees as cover and I have seen no adverse effects.
Cut the huge flower head back after flowering if you want the thrill of a second and sometimes a third flush of flowers.
Biennial | Half hardy
Fully grown size is 1.5m x 1.2m
Plant size PB2 | Equivalent 1.2 litres