PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831
Erodiums (or Storksbills as they are commonly called) are attractive but slow growing rockery plants. They are closely related to the geraniums and this variety comes from south western Europe. They are easy to grow preferring part to full sun in a well drained soil. The plant likes to be kept slightly dry during the winter but will respond to a moist root run in the summer months. They grow to only 50 or 75 mm in height and have a spread of around 15cm.
‘Galaxy’ has soft paley pink flowers which occur over most of the year. The foliage is slightly cupped and is a nice soft green. When planted close together they produce a solid matt of pink and green which will suppress most weeds. Clive Larkman found a couple of small pots of this and Galaxy at a clearance sale at wholesale nursery in Melbourne. They were mixed up and both labelled Pink Erodium. After trialling them in the nursery he felt they would be a good edition to the Australian garden.
‘Galaxy’ looks great in patio pots, in rockeries or in front of a small formal perennial border. Plant with Viola ‘White Glory’ or Helianthemum ‘Sudbury Gem’ for a carpet of pinks and whites. Alternatively plant in front of a row of Sisyrinchium ‘Devon Skies’ or Lavandula ‘Little Lottie’ for an attractive mix of form and color