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DESCRIPTION: A mounding plant producing large, bright white blooms, contrasting fine textured, purple foliage that darkens to near-black; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming later in the season; attractive even when not in bloom
BOTANICAL NAME: Geranium pratense 'Midnight Ghost'
OTHER NAMES: Midnight Ghost Geranium
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 15-20 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 30-40 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark purple
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4 ( Should survive up to -34.4° Celsius ) - Requires protected location
WATER NEEDS: Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage, Border, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant
Midnight Ghost Cranesbill has masses of beautiful white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning deep purple in colour with hints of black throughout the season.
Midnight Ghost 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 Ghost Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Midnight Ghost Cranesbill will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 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.
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. 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 Ghost 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.