• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'

dusky cranesbill 'Samobor'

  • Other common names dusky cranesbill 'Samobor'

  • Synonyms Geranium phaem 'Samobor'
    Geranium phaeum

  • Family Geraniaceae

  • Genus Geranium can be annuals, biennials and perennials, herbaceous or evergreen, with rounded, usually palmately lobed or divided leaves, and lax inflorescences of rounded, 5-petalled flowers

  • Details 'Samobor' is an upright perennial, to 60cm tall, with lobed leaves bearing a striking deep brownish-purple zone, and slightly nodding maroon flowers in late spring and early summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Full Shade

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any, moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils. Partial shade is best but full sun and shade are tolerated. Quite a tall species so may need support (see staking perennials) to prevent it flopping on some sites

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or propagate by basal cuttings in early to mid spring and root with bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers

Pests May be attacked by vine weevil, geranium sawfly, slugs and snails

Diseases May be subject to powdery mildews, a downy mildew and a virus

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