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, various
Dusky cranesbill
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period
Height
Light preference
Soil preference
Sowing time/depth ,
Although a British native, Geranium phaeum is perhaps more commonly seen as a cultivated garden plant, particularly in colours singled out as particularly attractive. These appear in Spring and range from deepest-purple to near-white. The lobed or divided foliage varies in colour too, from mid to dark green, often with dark blotches. It is a very useful plant for shady areas. Please note that although seeds from differently coloured plants are collected and stored separately, 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.
Plant
1 x plant (9cm pot) £3.75

Seed
1 packet - 30 seeds approx. £1.95

Ex. Reddish-purple, blotched leaves
Seed
1 packet - 30 seeds approx. £1.95

Ex. a particularly red shade of purple
Seed
1 packet - 30 seeds approx. £1.95

Ex. Mid-purple
Seed
1 packet - 60 seeds approx. £1.95

Mixed colours
Seed
1 packet - 30 seeds approx. £1.95

Ex. Dark purple
Seed
1 packet - 30 seeds approx. £1.95

Almost white - slight blueish tinge
Seed
1 packet - 30 seeds approx. £1.95

Red-purple, plain leaf
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