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Samobor Cranesbill

Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'

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Samobor Cranesbill (Geranium phaeum 'Samobor') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Samobor Cranesbill in bloom

Samobor Cranesbill in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Samobor Cranesbill (Geranium phaeum 'Samobor') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Samobor Cranesbill in bloom

Samobor Cranesbill in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Mourning Widow Cranesbill


Attractive green leaves have deep cherry-red blotches when they emerge and widen into a large purple marking; covered with small burgundy colored blooms; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming later in the season

Ornamental Features

Samobor Cranesbill has masses of beautiful plum purple flowers with white eyes and a deep purple blotch at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain dark green in colour with distinctive deep purple spots throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Samobor 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.

Samobor Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Samobor Cranesbill will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. 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.

Samobor Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features