Height: 6-12" (15-30 cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: White, pink ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder) Order: Geraniales (Geranium Order) Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family) Genus: Geranium (Cranesbill) Species: lambertii (Lambert's) ____________________________________
Geranium lambertii is a smallish, evergreen perennial, very similar to Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Blue'. Its leaves are similar, and the flowers are about the same size and shape, but Geranium lambertii is at the same time more elegant and more leggy. The leaf stalks are slightly longer, and the leaves slightly more cut. The flower stalks stand a few inches above the leaves, where in 'Buxton's Blue' they sit on them. In open, dry, conditions, Geranium lambertii forms a mound about 9" high and can cover an area about a yard across during the season.
The flowers can be pink or white. They come in pairs at the top of the unbranched stem, facing down, and one opens before the other. The petals are separate and the calyx can be seen between the petals. There is a small purple spot in the centre of the flower, and with the red divided style they look quite delicate.
In more crowded conditons, Geranium lambertii can become quite leggy, almost climbing and scrambling over other plants to a height of around two feet.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seedpod is a thin woody case with a thin ribbon connecting it to the style.
Seed The seeds are brown ovals. Each flower has five seeds in a ring at the bottom of the style.
Seedling The seedleaves are rounded with a notch, often with a reddish stem. The first true
leaves are lobed.
Geranium seeds may germinate faster if they are nicked slightly before sowing.
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