PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Geranium phaeum 'Mourning Widow'
Dusky cranesbill
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, perennial, Hardy
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Although a British native, Geranium phaeum is perhaps more commonly seen as a cultivated garden plant, particularly in colours singled out as particularly attractive such as this one. Flowering in spring, the blooms are a rich, dark, reddish-purple. The dark-green lobed foliage has splodges of maroon. It is a very useful plant for shady areas. Please note that although seeds from this variety were collected separately from other paheum varieties, there may have been some cross-pollination.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow in Spring in a cold frame, on the surface of good quality, moist compost, barely covering with a little more compost or fine vermiculite. Too much heat can inhibit germination - aim for 5-10C/40-50F. Germination can be erratic, taking 30-90 days. Alternatively, Autumn sowings provide a cold period which may aid germination the following Spring.
Seed
1 x packet (30 seeds approx.) £2.95

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