Geranium pratense Dark Reiter
Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

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Geranium 'Dark Reiter' is a wonderful dark leaved geranium that forms a compact mound of finely cut, plum purple foliage. The leafy scapes carry clusters of nicely contrasting lilac blue flowers. When not in bloom it is a useful plant for foliage colour contrast.

  • Height: 25 - 30 cm (10 - 12 in)
  • Spread: 30 - 36 cm (12 - 14 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: early to late summer
  • Leaf Colour: purple
  • Bloom Colour: lilac blue
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Geranium 'Dark Reiter' is an easy care perennial adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Give it full sun to light shade and moist well drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established. After flowering cut it back and fresh new foliage will fill in quickly.