Botanical Name: Geranium wallichianum
Species: G. wallichianum
Habitat: Geranium wallichianum is native to E. Asia – Himalayas from Afghanistan to Bhuta It grows in thje forests, shrubberies and open slopes, 2400 – 3600 metres.
Geranium wallichianum is a species of hardy flowering herbaceous perennial plant. It grows to 60 cm with hairy toothed leaves and blue flowers in summer. It is suitable for cultivation in temperate regions, in the front of the borde. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position. Tolerates a wide range of soil types. Prefers a position that is cool and moist in the summer but is not heavily shaded. Plants are hardy to at least -20°c. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits. Some named forms have been selected for their ornamental value.
The plant has astringent properties. A decoction of the root, mixed with the bark of Prunus cerasoides, is used in the treatment of peptic ulcers. It has been used as a cure for toothache and has been applied externally to the eyes. The juice of the plant is applied to fresh cuts to stem the bleeding. A paste of the plant is used as a poultice to relieve joint pains.
The root contains 30% tannin, it is used as a dye. A good dense ground cover plant. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way
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