Meadow cranesbill

Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter'

Photo/Illustration: 
Marietta O'Byrne
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Meadow cranesbill (Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter')
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Genus:  Geranium
Deeply cut plum-purple leaves emerge in spring and stay true to color throughout the season. Lavender-blue flowers bloom beginning in late spring. 'Midnight Reiter' grows to only about 6 or 8 inches tall and twice as wide. More shade causes the foliage to be greener.
Care:  Provide full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Cutting back the foliage after flowering will produce fresh leaves and a second flush of blossoms. Does not overwinter well in moist soils.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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