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Geranium clarkei 'Kashmir Pink'

11th September 2011

Geranium clarkei has a confused history in cultivation. The species occurs in Kashmir at altitudes of 2,100m to 4,200m and is very closely allied to G.pratense. Two clones were entered into the Hardy Geranium trial at Wisley in 1973 where they were named 'Kashmir Purple' and 'Kashmir White'. Peter Yeo recognised that the two clones belonged to a new species and named it after C.B.Clarke (botanist, Kew, 1832 - 1906).
'Kashmir Pink' is a much more recent introduction and completes the colour set.
I have started adding more hardy Geranium's to the herbaceous border and this is vigorous, low growing and reliable so it seemed worth a try.

17th June 2012