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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
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.

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

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

By division.

Herbaceous borders.

other notes:
Raised at Hadspen House, Somerset, UK
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