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Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor' (Dusky Cranesbill)

Geranium 'Samobor', Dusky Cranesbill 'Samobor', 'Samobor' Geranium, Hardy Geraniums


Tough and hardy, Geranium phaeum 'Samobor' (Dusky Cranesbill) is an upright perennial of great beauty with slightly reflexed, maroon flowers adorned with a white heart in late spring to early summer . The blossoms float elegantly above a foliage of deeply lobed, soft green leaves, adorned with a striking chocolate-brown band. A useful geranium that thrives in shady areas of the garden. Plant this stylish plant where its chocolate- splashed leaves can be appreciated. 

  • Clump-forming, this rhizomatous perennial reaches 24-30 in. in height and spread (60-75 cm). Quite a tall species so may need support to prevent it flopping on some sites
  • Performs best in part shade, in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun but prefers partial shade. It is attractive to butterflies but deer and rabbit resistant.
  • A perfect border plant, it is a spectacular addition to shade gardens, cottage gardens, woodland gardens, wild gardens and is ideal in beds and borders or underplanting shrubs and roses.
  • Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers
  • Propagate by division in spring or propagate by basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" (75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Photos: Inoxia (Flickr), flower.sqqps.com

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" (75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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