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‘Dark Reiter’ geranium

Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'

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‘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 CharacteristicsDissected burgundy-tinged leaves and springtime blue flowers. Good for rock gardens.

CareProvide full sun to partial shade and well-drained acidic soil. Trim back after flowering.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsMildews, gray mold, leaf spots, leaf miners, slugs, bacterial blight.

  • Genus : Geranium
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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