Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze' flower

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

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

Description: An herbaceous perennial with a broad, mounding habit. Unique, deeply-lobed, bronzy-purple leaves. Saucer-shaped, violet-mauve flowers with small white centres appear in mid-spring through early summer.

 

Special Notes: Will tolerate poor soil conditions but does not like wet conditions in winter. Foliage has deepest colour in spring when sited in shade. Colour gradually changes to deep green with purple edging. Flower colour may be variable with some paler lilac and/or white ones appearing. 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