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Meadow Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium
Geranium pratense 'Nodbeauty'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: pratense (pray-TEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Nodbeauty
Additional cultivar information:(aka Black Beauty)
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Dark/Black

Other details:

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Machesney Park, Illinois

Belton, Missouri

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The dark foliage is said to hold longer than other dark-foliaged G. pratense hybrids available in 2002. Robin Parrer says it's larger, more vigorous, and more floriferous than the popular 'Midnight Reiter'.

Developed in England by Nori and Sandra Pope of Hadspen House Nursery.

Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) applied for 2002. US PP pending.

'Nodbeauty' is the cultivar name. "Black Beauty" is a trademark.

Positive

On Sep 21, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I enjoy the more mellow Hardy Geraniums, and have over 40 here throughout the garden, but this one is special! Wonderful deep purple foliage, and lovely lavender flowers, just a very nice plant!!

Positive

On Nov 24, 2005, bonniewong from edmonton
Canada wrote:

Amazing geranium, the foliage is dark and full all spring, blooms early summer, the plant is smothered in blooms. It comes pretty true from seed, I get over 95 % purple foliage.