Geranium pratense (Victor Reiter group)
This is a beautiful plant that produces some of the darkest leaves of any cranesbill.
The finely dissected foliage is deepest maroon-red on emergence, turning dark green with beetroot colour edges as it matures.
'Midnight Reiter' is long lived but a slow grower although unfussy as to where it grows. It will tolerate sun or partial shade, moist or dryish conditions but will have darker foliage in sun. The dainty pinkish purple flowers emerge in May and make a colourful addition to containers or the front of a border.
Cut back after flowering to encourage the growth of fresh foliage, this looks lovely through until autumn.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist but well-drained
Full sun, partial shade