Black Beauty™ Cranesbill

Geranium pratense 'Nodbeauty' PPAF

Superb clusters of lilac-blue, saucer-shaped flowers appear above the mound of deeply cut black-purple leaves in early summer. An elegant companion to almost any other garden plant. Will rebloom modestly if promptly deadheaded. Versatile perennial for both wild and woodland gardens as well as highbrow borders. Herbaceous.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationjer-AE-nee-um pray-TEN-see
Average Size at MaturityReaches 12 to 18 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeRepeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorBlack
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSwitch Grass (Panicum); Clematis (Clematis); Thrift (Ameris); Peony (Paeonia); Candytuft (Iberis)

Easily grown in average, evenly moist soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Clip spent flowers to prolong blooming. Prune to the ground at the end of the season.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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