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Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’
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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 ‘Dark Reiter’ full sun  partial shade

This sumptuous low growing Geranium vaunts a compact mound composed of finely chiseled purplish plum-colored leaves and tall leafy mulberry-tinged scapes, buoying vibrant lilac-blue blooms. Superimposed against dark well-groomed foliage, the clustered saucer-shaped flowers assume a lovely iridescent quality. Ideal for rock work, the border’s edge or a treasured container, ‘Dark Reiter’s seductive color-rich mien can be planted next to silver-infused plants such as Stachys ‘Silver Fleece’, Primula ‘Mauve Mist’ and Viola ‘Silver Gem’.

Blooms June–August

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’ (P-1886)
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