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    My mystery plant! ID help needed

    I was given this plant with no identification associated with it but told I would love it. As you can see in the photo, it appears to grow out of tuberous base(s) and will develop a vine like type of growth eventually. I am told the flowers are purplis and this plant likes full sun. I have no idea what it could be. Even a clue in the right direction might help. I thought I might be a pelargonium of some sort but not at all sure about that. Has anyone else seen or grown this plant? Would love to put a name on that blank label
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    The leaves look Columbine-like.
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    Not a Columbine, leaf is similar to Cransbill (Hardy Geranium, but they don't vine.

    Let me see what I can fine, Bob and I'll try to come back with a few links for you.


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    I was thinking hardy geranium...
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    It's definitely not columbine - leaves are relatively thick in texture and Columbine has thin leaves and doesn't grow from a swolen tuberous-like base shown in the photo. This plant has produced woody shoots with new leaf growth emerging along it, (guess vining was an inadequate description) but those died back and what you see in the picture is relatively new shoots and growth emerging from the base. I, unfortunately, haven't seen what the flowers look like, but am told they are attractive. Some sort of pelargonium (geranium) was my initial thinking. I love a good mystery
    Bob Beyer
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    I think you guys solved it - Hardy Geranium or Cranesbill. I did some internet research and everything appears to fall into place. I don't know what specific variety it is, or flower color that will result, but that's part of the fun of gardening. I have never grown this plant before and it seems like a great candidate for my garden in Austin (full sun, good soil in a raised bed and definitely more than adequately hardy here in winter. Ah, live and learn - there's always a new plant out there to discover
    Bob Beyer
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    Cool!
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    Pelagonium or hardy geraniums are one of my favorites. I have several varieties. They are easy to grow and easy to propagate. It scould be any color as they come in all colors. My favorite is the old timey Johnson's Blue. I also have a pink one that ispretty. And one that is magent that blooms happily along all summer up until frost. It also starts blooming very early. I have a new one I got this year that has silvery leaves. A very wide class of plants. All pretty. I think you will love it.
    tennessee sue

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    They don't seem to like our heat, but I adore them!

    Sue, how do you propagate them?
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    Ann, They grow so well I just divide them. I have started some from seeds as well. I for got to mention the one i have called Splish Splash. It has purple and white splotches on the blooms. It is fairly new. Have you tried it in a shadier spot? Mine seem to like some shade in the evening.
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    Thanks, Sue!

    I had them under the remaining, big old pecan tree, but I think the heat and drought still got to them.

    When life settles down and gets back to normal (is that possible?) perhaps we can trade some stuff and I can try again!

    I had them for about 3-4 years before they started to vanish on me...

    Hugs!
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    Ann, Remind me next spring and I will send you starts of a couple of them to try. You will like them.
    tennessee sue

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