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Mourning Widow Cranesbill*

Geranium phaeum 'Lady In Mourning'

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Mourning Widow Cranesbill (Geranium phaeum 'Lady In Mourning') at Plants Unlimited

Mourning Widow Cranesbill flowers

Mourning Widow Cranesbill flowers

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Mourning Widow Cranesbill (Geranium phaeum 'Lady In Mourning') at Plants Unlimited

Mourning Widow Cranesbill

Mourning Widow Cranesbill

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Lady In Mourning Cranesbill

Description:

A compact plant covered with rich burgundy-purple saucer-shaped flowers held over green foliage with distinctive deep purplish blotches for a wonderful effect; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming

Ornamental Features

Mourning Widow Cranesbill has masses of beautiful deep purple flowers with a white ring at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive deep purple spots throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Mourning Widow Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mourning Widow Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Mourning Widow Cranesbill will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Mourning Widow Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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