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Geranium phaeum

Geranium phaeum

Dusky cranesbill


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Geranium phaeum is a clump forming perennial with tall spikes of maroon almost black flowers with white centres. The colour of the flowers has earnt it other names such as Black Widow and Mourning Widow. Its leaves are broad, mid green with a dark purple-brown blotches. This is the species type and is a very dependable geranium. Grows best in damp shade, will tolerate full sun but may not perform as well.

Geraniums are herbaceous perennials and for the most part they are super easy to grow and fuss free. They require minimal maintenance, and, in most cases, you will be able to propagate them by division and have many more plants in next to no time.

Not only are geraniums fuss free, but they are also generally pest and disease resistant. They are, once established, drought tolerant and even slugs, snails and rabbits turn their noses up at them.

With all this in mind, attractive flowers and foliage and long flowering periods what’s not to love about geraniums? They must be one of the most forgiving and enduring yet generous plants around.


Remove faded flowers and foliage to encourage fresh growth and further flowering throughout the season. Lift and divide large, congested clumps in the spring.


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