Meadow Cranesbill, Hardy Geranium
Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: pratense (pray-TEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Dark Reiter
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Burgundy

Bronze-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Washington, Illinois

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Walterville, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

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

This is usually seed-grown, a descendent of G. pratense 'Midnight Reiter'.

Like its parent, it's a dwarf, growing 8-12" tall.

All of these dark-leafed G. pratense are slow growing and tend to lack vigor.

Neutral

On Sep 12, 2013, Babzee from LEABURG, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was so excited about 'Dark Reiter' and it joined my other cranesbills in a sunny location. Label said full sun/partial shade so it was in the right spot with other VERY happy cousins. After over 2 months of continued decline (lets put it this way, it lost all its leaves and was dying!) I decided to move it to more shady spot. I'm happy to report it is doing great! I see bunch of new leaves popping up and it looks very happy.
I will keep you updated on it's progress.

Positive

On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love the dark foliage of this geranium. Perhaps not as vigorous as some are. Blooms June-July in my garden.