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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mallow/Geranium resolved.

In my last post I posted pictures of quite a few wild Flowers I had trouble identifying.
A week after that post, I asked Jenny Seawright of Irish Wildflowers.

I asked mainly because my readers and I kept wondering about the pink flower; was it a Mallow or a Geranium? Things like this can drive me crazy. (not much needed to do this, as you can see.)

The next day I was going into respite, so it was obviously the right moment to let my mind go a little. And it was here, that I found a lavatera in full bloom. And there, in the garden of respite and the rehabcare centre, did I see one of the suggested options, a Lavatera. And so, have a look for yourself.

unknown specie:

Known specie as Lavatera or Mallow:

this photo shows the unmistakable way in which Lavatera grows and shows off its beautiful flowers.

It was Liz, who hit the nail on the head with suggesting it was a Geranium, but not sure which one. It was a Crane'sbill, Liz.
It turns out to be the Druce's Cranebill. Geranium x oxonianum (G. endressii x G. versicolor)

Other Garden escaped (like the 'Druce') which Jenny was able to identify were the Chilean Iris, Llibertia furmosa.
Perennial Cornflower, Centaurea montana member of the Knapweed family.


  1. I have that exact Geranium, which is why I knew what it was but couldn't remember which one at the time :D

    I also have Hollyhocks and Lavatera to know the difference between them.

    Also, I do have true cornflowers, and know they have more flowers, so assumed it must be the knapweed or Perennial Cornflower.

    Both are great for Bees and Hoverflies, gardener's best friends! :)

  2. Hi, used to sow a packet of wild flower seed mix, but have failed to do so lately. Always used to get Cornflowers in these. will do so again next year.

    Thanks for the help anyway.

    My favourite was the Chilean Iris.

  3. You helped me out here--thanks.


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