'Purple Haze' is one of the discoveries of the century, it descends from just a single dark-leaved seedling that appeared in a stand of Geranium pratense a few years ago in America.
Geranium 'Purple Haze' is a strain of hardy Geranium much sort after and even coveted. Grown for its amazing foliage it has unique shades rarely seen within in the genus.
The leaves can vary from bronzes, through purples to dark beetroot. Most are deeply divided. They are deepest in shade during spring, gradually changing to an attractive deep green with strong purple edging.
Flowering from June right through to September, the leaves make a striking contrast to the blooms, perfectly themed in shades of gorgeous violet-mauve.
Growing 30 to 60cm (12 to 24in) in height, Geranium pratense are trouble free, long lived, versatile and adaptable to most conditions apart from very wet. They will grow in sun or semi-shade and as a perennial will come up year after year.
Sowing: Sow in late winter/late spring or in late summer/autumn.
Fill pots, cells of trays with a good seed starting compost. (John Innes or similar). Sit the containers in water to moisten thoroughly. Sow the seeds 2.5cm (1in) apart, on the surface of the compost and cover seed with vermiculite, sand or sieved compost after sowing. Keep soil slightly moist but not wet. Perennial geraniums often germinate over several months, usually between 30 to 90 days at temperatures around 5 to 10°C (41 to 50°F). Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight.
Transplant the seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots to grow on. Avoid large pots, because the compost will be wet permanently and wetness can a cause growth inhibition and a poor root development.
Overwinter autumn sown seedlings indoors frost free at 3 to 5 °C (37 to 41°F). If outdoors use an outdoor fleece cover to protect the plants.
Plant outdoors in spring after the last expected frosts. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10 to 15 days before planting out into their permanent positions. Space 30 to 40cm (12 to 15in) apart.
In mid summer after flowering rejuvenate plants that are beginning to look jaded by shearing it back, this will promote dense growth and encourage better reblooming. Lift and divide large colonies in spring, March to May
Low-moderate fertilisation levels are required use a complete balanced fertiliser. Avoid high ammonium and high nitrogen levels. Very high nitrogen levels will cause shoot stretching and then the shoots fall apart. Don't fertilise after mid September.
The roots are sensitive to wet substrates which can cause rotting of roots and poor plant quality. Allow for the plants to dry thoroughly between irrigations.
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Full sun to partial shady locations. Rock gardens, stone walls, perennial borders, ground cover, large containers
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The species pratense is the meadow cranesbill of early summer hedgerows. Native to Europe, Caucasus, Armenia and areas of Asia minor and is cultivated and naturalised throughout the world.
The name Geranium comes from the Greek 'geranion', which is a diminutive of 'geranos' meaning crane. It gets its common name 'crane’s bill' from the 'beak' over the seed pod and is also called storksbill in some areas.
The species epithet "pratense", pronounced pray-TEN-see comes from the Latin for "meadows dweller"or "found in meadows"
It gets its common name 'crane’s bill' from the 'beak' over the seed pod and is also called storksbill in some areas.
The name “crowfoot” is often used for geraniums, because the leaves resemble buttercups, which historically were called crowfoots
- Additional Information
Packet Size 10 Seeds Family Geraniaceae Genus Geranium Species pratense Cultivar Purple Haze Common Name Hardy Geranium, Garden Geranium Other Common Names Crane’s Bill. Hardiness Hardy Perennial Hardy Hardy to -15°C (5°F) Flowers Violet-mauve Natural Flower Time Foliage Bronzes, through purples to dark beetroots. Height 30 to 60cm (12 to 24in) Spread 30 to 35cm (12 to 14in) Position Full sun to part shade. Soil Fertile, well-drained Time to Sow Sow in late winter/late spring or in late summer/autumn. Germination 30 to 90 days at temperatures around 5 to 10°C (41 to 50°F).