Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter'

Meadow cranesbill

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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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