I just thought I would write a little mini post on the wonderful Erodium manescavii, or Heron’s Bill.
At first glance this flower looks very like a Hardy Geranium.
But the petals are not all the same. Two of them have stained-glass window markings. They are like spidery ink across white paper. The other three petals just have the veining. The pecan-shaped anthers are very like a Hardy Geranium (you can see the Geranium up close in A Gallery of Geraniums).
But in Erodium manescavii, the flowers are held in sculptural sprays, like a chandelier. There are eight or more flowers to a crown. They are remarkably sticky to dead-head.
This is one of the lowest-maintenance plants I grow. The only care they need is a bit of a dead-head every month. They flower continuously from April to December.
This plant self-seeds readily. The seedlings can be transplanted to where you might like a bit more low-maintenance gardening.
What is your favourite low-maintenance plant?
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