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Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter' ('Dark Reiter' geranium)

Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter' Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter' jer-AY-nee-um prah-TEN-see Common Name: 'Dark Reiter' geranium 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Spring; Late Spring; Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Blue Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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