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Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter'

Meadow cranesbill

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (227715)

Plant details

An unusual variety of hardy geranium, with violet-blue flowers that appear above the dark-purple leaves in early to mid-summer. A compact grower, its neat mounds of foliage provide an extended season of interest. Its dark colouring combines well with bright the silver of Astelias and acid green of Tanacetums. It's a highly adaptable plant and will happily grow on a wide variety of soils, in full sun or partial shade. If given a light pruning once a year after flowering, it will provide a low-maintenance, colourful point of interest year after year.

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Geranium

Species: pratense

Cultivar: Midnight Reiter

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May


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