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Geranium phaeum Samobor

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Geranium phaeum 
Samobor
(Dusky Cranesbill)

A clump-forming perennial. Plants make neat mounds to 45cm, with bright green foliage with darker blotches making for an attractive appearance and a good spreading habit, flowers hang over on stems to about 65cm in spring.

Samobor has intricate light purple flowers with a blend of colours from almost white through to a deep pink-purple colour, this makes for an impressive flower and worth paying attention to when they bloom, the flowering height to around 65cm. Found in the gardens at Beth Chatto as a chance seedling.
 

The Geraniums in the phaeum species are particularly useful in the garden for a number of reasons, they flower early in the year from April through to may and will then repeat flower later in the summer. G. phaeum is also perfectly happy from full shade through into full sun, making a great addition for any situation. It is also not fussy when it comes to soil type, being really adaptable in a soil as long as it has good drainage, this includes clay, loam, sandy and chalky soils. The flowering heights vary through the varieties but they tend to be around 70cm up to 1m. 

  • Height: Easily maintained to 70cm 
  • Spread: Easily maintained to 50cm
  • Foliage Colour: Bright Green, with dark splotches in a star shape
  • Flower Colour: Deep pink-purple flowers
  • Soil Type: Moist, well drained, sandy, loam, chalk
  • Position: Full Sun - Full Shade
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy once established, H7 (-15 and below)
  • Type: Herbaceous Perennial

Herbaceous Perennial
Hardy
Supplied in either a 9cm pot or 2 Litre pot, please select from the drop down menu when ordering.


Geranium refers to two types of plants in general gardening, Greenhouse Geraniums (officially Pelargoniums) and hardy perennial Geraniums also known as the Crane's Bill. Here we are dealing with the hardy perennial Geraniums, these plants are generally easy to grow and a great addition to any garden border. The Genus is huge and ranges from small alpines to large perennials.
Generally, these plants are happy in most conditions apart from very wet and boggy, they will
tolerate full sun through to semi-shade and mainly flower from spring to late summer. Their primary growth habit is low making
them ideal for ground cover and work well at the front of the border.
For vigorous varieties trim back after first flowering to encourage regrowth and a second flowering, once they die back in winter a good mulch will give the plant all it needs to shoot away in the
spring.