'Dark Reiter' geranium

Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'

Photo/Illustration: 
Danielle Sherry
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'Dark Reiter' geranium (Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter')
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Genus:  Geranium
'Dark Reiter', a fairly new cultivar, has a short mounded habit and dissected dark leaves. Bright lilac-blue blossoms appear in spring, and trimming the plant back after flowering encourages more blooms in fall and helps maintain its neat habit. 'Dark Reiter' is slow growing, making it perfect for a rock garden. Like many other geraniums, it does not appeal to deer. Pair silver-toned foliage plants with 'Dark Reiter' for a stunning effect. -Teresa Smith, Regional Picks: Northeast, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Dissected burgundy-tinged leaves and springtime blue flowers. Good for rock gardens.
Care:  Provide full sun to partial shade and well-drained acidic soil. Trim back after flowering.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Mildews, gray mold, leaf spots, leaf miners, slugs, bacterial blight.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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