DARK REITER Geranium pratense
These hardy perennial geraniums have gorgeous very-dark reddish/plum foliage, forming clumps of lacy foliage that is a nice complimentary contrast to surrounding plants. Blue and purple flowers are held on tall stems above the foliage.
Type: Hardy perennial
Height: 25 cm or 10"
Location: Full sun or part shade
Hardiness zones: 4-8
Bloom time: Summer
Safe: Considered safe, non-toxic to children and people! This is our research, though we still suggest you confirm this yourself.
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds on the surface of your growing medium, and water the seeds in. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 5-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature, and in a bright area (they require light), for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
Alternatively, these seeds can also be planted outdoors in fall, winter, or early spring, while temperatures are still cold (but ground is workable) to germinate naturally in spring. Be sure to mark the area where you planted them, and that the soil is consistently moist.