Geranium phaeum

dusky cranesbill

2 litre pot
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Dusky cranesbill with small dark flowers and darkly blotched leaves - an elegant presence in woodland and wildlife gardens and finches love the seeds

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained
  • Rate of Growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    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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