Midnight Reiter Cranesbill
Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter'
Midnight Reiter Cranesbill foliage
(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)
Height: 8 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Meadow Cranesbill
An easy to grow and low maintenance semi-dwarf variety; dense mounds of deep purple foliage are covered in lilac colored saucer-shaped blooms during the early summer months; drought tolerant once established, great for borders, beds and patio containers
Midnight Reiter Cranesbill has masses of beautiful lilac purple flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain deep purple in color throughout the season.
Midnight Reiter 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.
Midnight Reiter Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Midnight Reiter Cranesbill will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. 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 should be grown in a location with partial shade or which is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. 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.
Midnight Reiter Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.