General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 18-30 inches
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Dark maroon-purple with white center
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeding
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Take semi-ripe cuttings during the late summer when growth has slowed and plant stems have become firmer.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Dusky Cranesbill
  • Mourning Widow
  • Geranium
  • Black Widow

Photo Gallery
Location: Castlegar BC
Date: May 22 2017
Dark blotches on the leaves...lost the tag for this a long time a
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2007-10-23
 3:24 pm. Unusual leaf markings.
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2018-04-23

Date: 2017-04-17
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2018-04-23
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, Belgium
Date: Apr 30, 2009 5:08 PM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Date: 2015-05-27
Taken in shade
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2008-06-07
 6:20 pm. Buds, blossoms and seed heads all in one.
Location: Nature reserve, Gent, Belgium
Date: 30th April 2009
Location: In my garden. Poland.
Location: Nature reserve, Gent, Belgium
Date: 30th April 2009
Location: Peterborough, ON, Canada
Date: 2015-08-20

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery

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