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botanical name:
Geranium pratense 'Black Beauty'
Geranium pratense 'Black Beauty' © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  Meadow Cranesbill
synonyms:  Geranium pratense 'Nodbeauty'
family:  Geraniaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.40m
width: 0.40m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: purple & green
flower colour: violet
stem/bark: maroon
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
Very dark black-purple, divided leaves, the colour being retained well throughout the season. Pale violet-blue flowers from June to August. Foliage becomes red tinted in autumn. Compact habit. Resistant to mildew.

cultivation:
Moderately fertile, well drained soil in sun or light part shade.

Cut back after flowering to encourage new growth and sometimes repeat flowering.

propagation:
By division.

usage:
Herbaceous borders.

other notes:
Raised at Hadspen House, Somerset, UK

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