February 18, 2020

Fits the Bill

Joy Meyers Photo | Geranium x. 'Johnson's Blue'

Joy Meyers Photo | Geranium x. ‘Johnson’s Blue’

With its finely cut leaves and delicately veined flowers, there is a certain charm to Geranium x. ‘Johnson’s Blue.’ Hardy to Zone 4, this perennial has a spread of 2 to 3 feet, making a luxurious groundcover that can provide a nice counterpoint to showier plants. In the autumn, the foliage turns orange and red, making one more display before winter. The genus Geranium has more than 400 species of plants, commonly known as cranesbills. That name stems from the fruit capsule in a number of the varieties; the capsule resembles the bill of a crane, with a beak-like feature that opens forcefully and flings the seeds. This plant was photographed by Joy Meyers in Illinois who wrote she cuts the plant back after the flowers fade and that always seems to get another round of flowers later in the season.

Submitted by Joy Meyers

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