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Geranium pratense Midnight Reiter


Meadow Cranesbill

Perfect for a sunny spot

A bewitching plant with distinctive, deep purple leaves that make a low mound and set off the stunning lilac blue flowers, produced through summer over a long season. Excellent ground cover in a sunny spot.


Happiest at the front of a border in full sun or part shade where this lovely plant will slowly spread to cover the ground.


Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy or wet in winter. Remove faded blooms to encourage more through the summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 20 cm - 25 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September