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geranium lucidum - L.

Common Name Shining geranium
Family Geraniaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shady rocks, walls and hedgebanks, on calcareous soils[17].
Range Britain, Europe and N. Africa to the Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
geranium lucidum Shining geranium


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geranium lucidum Shining geranium
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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geranium lucidum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from May to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Hedgerow; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Diuretic

The plant is diuretic and astringent[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Most members of this genus tolerate a wide range of soil types[200], though this species is said to require a calcareous soil[17]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Ginny Alfriend   Tue Mar 30 21:07:55 2004

this is an invasive species in western Oregon

Dale McBride, Eugene Oregon - member of the Arboretum.   Fri Mar 3 2006

This plant DOES grow in the shade. It is overwhelming large swaths of understory at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene Oregon. Specifically, it is thriving and spreading like wildfire in the litter under Oregon oaks and Douglas firs. I noticed some small patches of these plants along a couple of the seasonal streams about 10 years ago. During the past three years the population has exploded exponentially. It is everywhere! Are there biological options to explore?

John Bredesen, Eugene Masonic Cemetery   Sun May 21 2006

John Bredesen, Eugene, Oregon, President of Board, Eugene Masonic Cemetery Geranium is growing very well under a canopy of mature Douglas Firs. In an attemp to eradicate a patch last year, we rototilled and then covered that area with bark mulch. This year it's back in full force. We're going to resort to propane burning while we can to see if that will have any long lasting effects.

Molly Widmer   Tue Feb 17 2009

This weed is spreading like wildfire in our endangered oak woodlands in western Oregon. Where it has invaded on top of established camas stands near my house, the camas has actually ceased to come up through the mats in one year! And camas is a TOUGH, LONG-LIVED native, one of the last to disappear from our fields and hedgerows! This invasive needs no obvious disturbance, and the land I'm referring to has never been ploughed or built on. The camas stands here could be tens to hundreds of years old, but this very tough native bulb is no match for the Geranium lucidum. It is a very noticeable effect: in areas once covered by stands of pure Camas that I've lived next to for 15 years, there are now large, flattened circles of pure shining geranium with NO camas coming through at all.

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