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Is this Splish-splash?

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

I think this hardy geranium is called "Splish-splash", can anyone please confirm?  Unlike my other hardy geraniums, it grows quite tall and dies back to the roots in winter.

I'd dearly like to have more of it, can anyone tell me the best way to propagate it?

In past years, most of the flowers looked like this, but this year they are mostly white with just a trace of a lilac streak.  Is this just random, or a sign that the plants are getting old and need replacing?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695
    Yes it looks like splish splash.   You can propagate from the seeds quite easily, but some are likely to be all purple, so you will need to "rogue" them by pulling out any that are not striped.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241
    Saw some at the gc yesterday. They looked just like that.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 893
    That’s really interesting... mine are 3 or 4 years old and they used to be more like your pic, @josusa47 . Now I have one plant where the flowers are nearly all white, and another where they are nearly all blue! Maybe time to get rid...? 
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    edited June 2019
    This link says it is caused by a genetic condition, and individual plants can be different.
    So some more variation than others?
    Or perhaps the weather conditions make them change too.

    We have Geranium pratense which Splish splash is  and you can split them by dividing the clumps when they are big enough.

    Edit . Should have said propagate them by dividing. Not split them.
    Left it for a laugh.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,651
    Rubytoo said:

    Edit . Should have said propagate them by dividing. Not split them.
    Left it for a laugh.
    That'll be a gardening joke ......
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    @raisingirl I do wonder about myself
    Sorry josusa.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Thank you everyone.  Very helpful.  I love how every flower on this plant is unique.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,921
    I’ve had them for quite a few years, I originally got the seeds from the Seed Swap thread on here, courtesy of @granma
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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