Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter'

 

 

 

 

Geranium pratense ‘Midnight Reiter’    Family: Geraniaceae
(jer-AY-nee-um  prah-TEN-see)

Common name: meadow cranesbill
Zone: 4 – 9
Height: 18-24 in (45-60 cm)   Spread: 18-24 in (45-60 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade; full shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate    

Description: An herbaceous perennial with a broad, mounding habit. Deeply-lobed, plum-purple leaves. Small, lavender-blue, cup-shaped flowers on strong, tall stems appear in mid-spring through early summer.

 

Special Notes: Will tolerate poor soil conditions but does not like wet conditions in winter. Leaves emerge green with slight purple tinge; darken as season lengthens. The more sun you give this plant, the darker the purple in the leaves. They will tend towards green if planted in full shade. Flowers will also be fewer, the deeper the shade. Does not always come true from seed. Cut back severely after flowering to tidy up; fresh new leaves will appear and perhaps a second flush of blooms. Very easy care. Relatively pest and disease free. Drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant. Propagation by seed; division in spring or autumn.

 

Posted on December 17, 2012