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Geranium phaeum ‘Raven’
at Digging Dog

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 phaeum ‘Raven’ partial shade  shade lover

Discovered as a chance Geranium ‘Lily Lovell’ seedling at a Canadian nursery, this strong growing Geranium produces a bounty of broad flat-faced nearly jet black flowers, sparkling with white eyes plus a reddish purple luster. The lavish long blooming display rises above attractive shallowly divided green leaves that outlast dry conditions, deep shade, humidity, rabbits and slugs.

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Geranium phaeum ‘Raven’ (P-1885)
Each $8.50
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