from Madeira and the Canary Islands and is probably the largest of all
geraniums. The plant is largely evergreen, the fresh apple-green or emerald
green of the new leaves providing a shot of colour in winter as they emerge.
It prefers a well drained soil in full sun. The plant seems to literally
heave itself out of the ground with the result that I have to regularly
top up a collar of grit around the main stem. From June to August the
magenta pink flowers are borne above the foliage on tall candelabra-like
inflorescences. Although not hardy everywhere, it seems to enjoy the micro
climate of the Belfast garden. Plants are not terribly long lived. This
year my established plants of six years seemed to fade away, although
this may have been due to a mixture of an excessively damp autumn and
two days in January with a frost that did not lift . Fortunately, this
plant is a prolific self seeder and I had a stock of plants in pots to
replace the parents.