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Geranium phaeum (Dusky cranesbill)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2ft 7in
Max height
1ft 6in
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Geranium phaeum

Other names

Mourning widow, Dusky cranesbill

Genus

Geranium Geranium

Species

G. phaeum - G. phaeum is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with lobed, light green basal leaves that can be spotted with brown. In late spring to early summer they have slender, branched stems bearing burgundy-black flowers with cream centres.


Geranium phaeum is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Flower

Black, Dark-red, Cream in Spring; Dark-red, Cream, Black in Summer

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Light green in Summer; Light green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

After flowering, rejuvenate plants by removing old stems and leaves.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


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Where to grow

Geranium phaeum (Dusky cranesbill) will reach a height of 2ft 7in and a spread of 1ft 6in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Best planted in most moderately fertile soil (apart from waterlogged) in either full sun or partial shade. Shade is tolerated.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Geranium phaeum

Other names

Mourning widow, Dusky cranesbill

Genus

Geranium Geranium

Species

G. phaeum - G. phaeum is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with lobed, light green basal leaves that can be spotted with brown. In late spring to early summer they have slender, branched stems bearing burgundy-black flowers with cream centres.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

Black, Dark-red, Cream in Spring; Dark-red, Cream, Black in Summer

Foliage

Light green in Spring; Light green in Summer; Light green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Sawflies , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

After flowering, rejuvenate plants by removing old stems and leaves.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Geranium phaeum (Dusky cranesbill) will reach a height of 2ft 7in and a spread of 1ft 6in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Woodland

Cultivation

Best planted in most moderately fertile soil (apart from waterlogged) in either full sun or partial shade. Shade is tolerated.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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