Chatto Wild Cranesbill
Geranium maculatum 'Chatto'
Chatto Wild Cranesbill flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Beth Chatto
Large, coarse, dark-green leaves with deep veins provide interesting texture; this mounded plant is bathed in pale pink saucer shaped blooms; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming later in the season
Chatto Wild Cranesbill has masses of beautiful shell pink flowers with white centers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Chatto Wild Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Chatto Wild Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Chatto Wild Cranesbill will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Chatto Wild Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.