Geranium maderense - Madiera Cranesbill
Geranium maderense is more biennial than perennial but incredibly showy none the less. This prolific bloomer is all foliage the first year and blossoms the second, then unfortunately, it dies. The large palmate leaves give a tropical feel the first season. Geranium maderense is reliable from seed and in most gardens replacement plants will grow to fill in for this masterpiece once it has passed. I have grown Geranium maderense in full sun to light shade near the coast and in light to full shade in inland gardens. As usual, plants like good soil and regular moisture, but not too much. Geranium maderense is native the island of Madiera off the coast of Portugal. Plants in our garden have survived temperatures down to 25° F but have shown some damage.
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