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Perennial Geraniums

A great group of perennials, with well over a hundred cultivars to choose from even in colder climates, it is only becoming more known and used in U.S. gardens. Test your knowledge of this group, with answers at the bottom.


1. This selection has large blue flowers with white centers.
a. Biokovo
b. Brookside
c. Patricia
d. phaeum

2. The common name is Mourning Widow, as flowers are said to resemble a widow in mourning, being dark and hanging down on the species.
a. Biokovo
b. Brookside
c. Patricia
d. phaeum

3. A cultivar of phaeum.
a. Biokovo
b. St. Ola
c. Samobar
d. Chatto

4. This one has purple blotches in the leaves.
a. Biokovo
b. St. Ola
c. Samobar
d. Chatto

5. This geranium makes a low good groundcover, with reddish purple flowers.
a. Ballerina
b. Max Frei
c. Spessart
d. sanguineum var. striatum

6. This geranium makes a low good groundcover, with red-veined pink flowers.
a. Ballerina
b. Max Frei
c. Spessart
d. sanguineum var. striatum

7. This lindavicum hybrid has glaucous leaves, clean pink flowers, and makes low clumps. It blooms in spring, and sporadically through summer. It is?
a. Appleblossom
b. Wargrave Pink
c. Kashmir Pink
d. Ballerina

8. This one is grown as much for its foliage as its flowers, leaves being rough in texture, gray-green, leathery, crinkled.
a. renardii
b. macrorrhizum
c. sanguineum
d. scabrosa

9. Forming large clumps to 3 ft across, this one has deeply divided leaves, deep purple-blue bowl-shaped flowers.
a. Wisley Blue
b. Johnson's Blue
c. Spinners
d. wlassovianum

10. Another low geranium, this one is creeping with white flowers.
a. St. Ola
b. sanguienum
c. phaeum 'Album'
d. John Elsley


Answers:
1. b
2. d
3. c
4. c
5. b
6. d
7. a
8. a
9. c
10 a

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