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Geranium sessiliflorum ssp. novaezelandiae 'Nigricans'

9th July 2011

The flora of New Zealand has a strange tendency to produce brown leaved forms of familiar plants, and this is possibly the best known example. Most of the modern brown leaved hybrid Geranium have inherided the colour from this little scrap of easily-overlookedness (usually but not exclusively through a first hybrid with G.traversii 'Elegans').
The original has been a favourite for a long time, seeding gently through a gravel path, until the grass reclaimed it. Now I have it perched atop a mighty pot surveying the world in majesty. It is no coincidence that it is also fully exposed to the sun and wind, it would not prosper in moist shade.

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