Geranium pratense ‘Purple Haze’
PURPLE HAZE MEADOW CRANESBILL
Large violet-blue blooms, shining above dark purple-bronze foliage make Geranium pratense ‘Purple Haze’ a very special Meadow Cranesbill.
Striking colour contrast to lift the garden
Like all the Meadow Cranesbill family, ‘Purple Haze’ makes a shapely, decorative perennial clump.
And so it makes a lovely groundcover when mass planted; a superbly contrasting edging plant; a striking underplanting for roses; or an eye-catching individual in a mixed border or container.
Because wherever you put it, the deep purple-bronze foliage makes such a wonderful contrast and highlight to all the greens around.
Sings with colour
And when the large discs of violet-blue blooms sit jauntily above the dark foliage – then the whole clump sings with colour.
Very frost hardy
Plant Geranium pratense ‘Purple Haze’ in Part Shade, Dappled Sun where it will thrive with a minimum of attention. It can also be planted in Full Sun in cooler districts, or where it is well mulched in summer for hotter districts. ‘Purple Haze’ will always enjoy mulch.
All members of the Meadow Cranesbill family are very frost hardy.
And they are all easy to grow and low care perennial plants. So the only real work is to shear them back to the socks after blooming, to create a fresh clump of the pretty foliage.
45cm High gorgeous flowers x 60cm Wide clump of dark, mysterious foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Geranium pratense ‘Purple Haze’ can be sow in punnets indoors for best and optimum results / or scattered in the garden in late winter-early spring.
Indoors: Sow the seed in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently press the seed into the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover the seed with grit/mix/sand/vermiculite.
Continue to keep the punnet moist at temperatures of approximately 15-20 °C, for 2-4 weeks, in a well-lit position.
Then wrap punnet in cling wrap & place in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Because this will mimic winter, and convince the seeds it is time to break their dormancy.
After the period of chilling, remove the punnet from the fridge, unwrap & return to a well-lit position (not in direct sun) at temperatures of approximately 15-20 °C.
Then most seedlings should emerge in approx. 30 to 90 days. But do not discard the punnet, as some seedlings may come later. This is a natural trick by the plant to stagger germination and give it’s seeds the best chance for some to emerge into favourable conditions.
SEED COUNT: 8 seeds per pack approx. ‘Purple Haze’ is not often available. And we have limited number available this year.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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