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Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’
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Geranium

Cranesbill

We’re talking about hardy Geraniums, not the better-known, anything-but-subtle Pelargoniums. True Geraniums are sturdy yet refined, with five-petaled flowers borne on dainty stems close to the palmately-divided leaves.

Their spectrum of colors, from cool to electric, is rivaled only by their ability to create soft mounds and flowing carpets of lush foliage in ordinary garden soil. We plant a succession of varieties to always have some in bloom from spring to fall. Our selections are easily grown and will rebloom after flowering if lightly trimmed. Most die back in winter.

Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’ full sun  partial shade

Brimming with old-fashioned charm, this Geranium’s deep violet-blue flowers were once likened to “exquisite rosettes” by Graham Stuart Thomas. Upright branching stems host richly colored double layered petals, arranged in a perfect cup shape around a dark purple-tinged center. Strong fleshy roots produce a good-sized sterile clump of handsome, chiseled dark green leaves—irregularly lobed, toothed and deeply split into 7 or 9 segments.

Equally at ease in a cottage garden or a more formal setting, ‘Plenum Violaceum’ looks positively noble when situated amid Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’s silvery pink blossoms. For a more daring association, try orange blooming Geum ‘Starkers Magnificum’.

Blooms May – July.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 2/3.

Geranium pratense ‘Plenum Violaceum’ (P-1597)
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