Dusky cranesbill

Geranium phaeum

Dusky cranesbill - Geranium phaeum

Common Name: Dusky cranesbill
Genus: Geranium
Species: phaeum

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: Black, 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 maroon-black flowers in late spring to early summer held high above the soft-green deeply lobed leaves which are often blotched with purple. 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.

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


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