Geranium pratense 'Plenum Violaceum'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Upright in habit, this meadow cranesbill forms a clump of attractively divided and lobed foliage, which in early summer is crowned with relatively small pompom-like flowers, each tightly packed with violet-blue petals that have a reddish purple base.
- Garden care: In midsummer rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded, by removing old flowered stems and leaves. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.
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