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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Erodium ‘Freedom’: New in the 2011/2012 Plant Finder

Posted by Graham Rice on 17 Apr 2011 at 04:31 PM

Erodium,Freedom,Future,Darwin. Image ©FuturePlants.comContinuing my look at plants new in the latest RHS Plant Finder which are listed by the most nurseries. Top of the list was Actaea ‘Misty Blue’, next came Geranium ‘Midnight Clouds’ and this week it’s the dwarf and prolific sun-lover Erodium ‘Freedom’.

One year old plants reach just over 10in/25cm in height, and develop a tight crown with the foliage also spreading out to just over 10in/25cm in width after twelve months. Each prettily dissected dark green leaf is split into nine triangular leaflets and makes a fine background for the flowers.

Carried on top of the plant from May to October, flowers are gathered in a mass of clusters with about eight blooms in each. Individual flowers are just over an inch/2.5cm across, pale pink in colour with magenta veins and a dark blotch at the base of the upper two petals which are also more brightly veined. Expect the plant to be covered in flowers.

Erodium ‘Freedom’ is happiest in full sun and a well drained soil and is ideal at the front of a sunny border, in a raised bed or even in a large trough.

It was selected in The Netherlands as part of an erodium breeding programme. Seed was collected from an uncommon Erodium hybrid, ‘France Choice’, pollinated by an unnamed Erodium hybrid and this plant chosen from the resulting seedlings.

Erodium ‘Freedom’ is available from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.

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