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Fermi
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Geraniaceae

There doesn't seem to be a Thread for the geranium clan so here's to the start of one!

This is Monsonia emarginata which is a short lived perennial in our garden but withstands the harst conditions and goes through summer with very little water (maybe it wouldn't be so short lived it we watered it a bit more!?)

Monsonia emarginata

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fermi

John Beaulieu
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Nice photo... I have never seen a Monsonia. How hardy are they?

I agree, we need a geraniaceae thread... I'm mostly into Erodium and Geraniums. I struggle to find information that is useful on hardiness for my conditions here in central Ontario, especially on Erodiums. A lot of trial and error going on the last few winters!

John Beaulieu

USDA zone 4, central Ontario - lots of consistent winter snow cover

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Hi John,

They survive -7oC at our place but not sure they'd like snowcheeky

I guess you could only try! I'll see if I can catch some seed if you want to give it a go,

cheers

fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

John Beaulieu
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Fermi,

They sound like good candidates for an un-heated back porch where i have over-wintered some not-so-hardy geraniums such as G. palmatum. It can dip to the freezing point in there, but usually stays a bit above. I winter my pond fish in there in a big tub that only gets a thin crust of ice on the coldest nights. There would be no excessive wet and snow! A lot of my other non'hardy geraniaceae such as Erodium 'William Bishop' (formerly 'Bishop's form') and South African geraniums are crammed in a small heated portion of my garage, under lights... The fun of a Canadian winter!

John Beaulieu

USDA zone 4, central Ontario - lots of consistent winter snow cover

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Hi John,

I'd not realized that 'William Bishop' is the new name for that erodium - we grew it for a few years but I think it eventually succumbed to drought.sad

I remembered that I have a method to catch a few seeds at least of the monsonia!

Monsonia with seed-saving device

cheers

fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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This is another South African - Pelargonium iocastrum

Pelargonium iocastrumPelargonium iocastrumPelargonium iocastrum

It grew for many years in our rock garden at the front of the house but disappeared during the drought.

This year it has re-appeared and is flowering well - this one is growing in the gravel path!

cheers

fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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Pelargonium curviandrum, a South African geophytic species

Pelargonium curviandrumPelargonium curviandrum

Pelargonium anethifolium another South African geophyte which is growing in the garden

Pelargonium anethifoliumPelargonium anethifoliumPelargonium anethifolium

Pelargonium laxum, South African, shrubby and summer dormant,

Pelargonium laxum

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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Very interesting, Fermi ! 

Does Pelargonium curviandrum also survive outside in the winter for you without any protection?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Hi Rick,

All these are usually grown outdoors though I did put the P.curviandrum into the Shadehouse when the foliage died off and the flower-buds started to show.

Our winters are fairly mild though and the ground doesn't freeze

cheers

fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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Pelargonium rodneyanum is a local species and we grow it in raised beds in rock gardens

Pelargonium rodneyanumPelargonium rodneyanum

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fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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Pelargonium ionidiflorum 

Pelargonium ionidiflorumPelargonium ionidiflorum

cheers

fermi

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Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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