Dusky cranesbill

Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'

Dusky cranesbill - Geranium phaeum var. phaeum  'Samobor'

Common Name: Dusky cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Species: phaeum var. phaeum
Cultivar: 'Samobor'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, PurpleFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A useful geranium that will thrive even in damp or dry shade. This has small deep purple-black flowers in late spring to early summer held high above the soft-green deeply lobed leaves which have distinctive purple blotches around the centre. It will quickly spread to form a hummock of foliage that is excellent for suppressing weeds. Use it in woodland among ferns at the edge of a border where the dark flowers can be seen or under deciduous trees. One of this plant's common names 'mourning widow' is inspired by the intense dark colour of the flowers.

  • Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.

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