Dusky Cranesbill, Mourning Widow
Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Species: phaeum (FAY-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Samobor
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Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut

Farmington, Connecticut

Buford, Georgia

Saint Charles, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Paris, Michigan

Dover, New Hampshire

Glouster, Ohio

Walterville, Oregon

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Concrete, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Fairmont, West Virginia

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 14, 2011, lydee from Fairmont, WV wrote:

i received this plant from a friend a few years ago. It is a tough little plant. It survived a long 8 hour trip back to my home and a few days before I actually got it into the ground. It survived being transplanted from an east facing bed to a west facing bed.

it now grows in a sunny, west facing bed amended with lots of compost. It can look a bit brown around the edges by mid-late summer, but it has reseeded prolifically in that spot. I started 2 new plants from it's seedlings two years ago in other areas of the flower beds and now they are as big as the parent plant. They also look like the parent plant.

It has interesting foliage, but tiny flowers. I keep it just for the foliage.

Positive

On Aug 4, 2010, groggyfrog from Calgary
Canada (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is a lovely early-flowering plant. While the flowers are not very showy, they do seem to last a fairly long time (several weeks). It also self-seeds readily and the volunteers are easily relocated.

Neutral

On May 18, 2009, Zone6aPA from Central, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a very unusual plant. The leaves are lovely, as photos here show, and the flowers are a very interesting texture and color. In my opinion, these need special siting, because the flowers, neither bright nor large, get "lost." Last year, when my yellow floribunda roses were in full flush at the same time as the Samobor (which are planted in front of the roses), the effect was very nice. This year the roses are lagging behind and the cranesbill have no "background," thus they are not very interesting or noticeable. They are a poor cut flower as the petals drop almost immediately. My positive rating is mostly for the leaves, and for the "unique" factor. I am entranced by the texture of the petals, which are like vellum, but I probably wouldn't select this plant again. It seems more sui... read more

Positive

On Mar 6, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

The blossoms are very dark purple and held well above the foliage.
The plants can be divided easily for a nice large grouping which is very effective. It also reseeds itself plenty, however, the seedlings are easy to pull out if undesired.
The leaves are wonderfully zoned with brown markings, this feature alone is an excellent reason to grow this plant although it can get a little tall and leggy. I cut mine back after blossoming, they look neater plus it prevents too much reseeding.

Positive

On Aug 21, 2003, marykay from Richmond, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

You can get one or two repeat flowerings if you shear the plant back after the first bloom. I can usually get two or three flushes of bloom by doing this and it keeps the plants much tidier during the summer.