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Geranium 'Philippe Vapelle'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Philippe Vapelle

Synonym:Geranium renardii

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive northgrass On Jun 4, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant has such lovely soft light green foliage that looks a bit like felt. It forms a tidy mound and has a totally different look compared to other geraniums. I would grow it even it did not have the nice light lilac blue flowers in late spring. When I planted it last year, I feared that it may not be hardy in zone 4b, but after a especially cold winter, it came back nicely.

Positive lupinelover On May 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought this plant tag-less, not even realizing it was a geranium until the following year when it bloomed.

The foliage is outstanding. Pebbled with gray, almost cob-webby in effect. Bloom period is mid to late May. Full sun is best for this plant; even partial shade tends to make the leaf-stalks flop. It is very drought-tolerant, but responds well to moisture.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
Harwich, Massachusetts
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Grove City, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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