Erodium x kolbianum ‘Natasha’ is a favourite of mine – and a fine name to say out loud. I first came across it when working in an Alpine nursery and was hooked; pretty, veined flowers with two dark patches, raised on tall, delicate stems above a small mound of glaucous, finely cut foliage. Not a particularly well known plant and, though I do occasionally see it in garden centres, I can’t help but wonder why it isn’t more popular. Anyway, less words, more pictures. Here it is:
Oops. Sorry. Let me just shoo that fly away.
There. That’s better. Pretty flower isn’t it? And what is so impressive about Natasha is that it just goes on and on and on. The above photos were taken a few days ago.
But it has been flowering since at least May.
It doesn’t spread and provide ground cover but plant it in a sunny, well drained spot (or pot) and it’ll quite happily flower for months on end. You can propagate easily from cuttings (in my experience it doesn’t seem to self seed) and you don’t need to deadhead – though it looks a little tidier if you do.
I like a plant that just gets on with it – without any fuss. Don’t you? All that Natasha does require is a little admiration.