Midnight Ghost Cranesbill
Geranium pratense 'Midnight Ghost'
Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 14 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Other Names: Meadow Cranesbill
A mounding plant producing large, bright white blooms, contrasting fine textured, purple foliage that darkens to near-black; deadhead spent flowers for reblooming later in the season; attractive even when not in bloom
Midnight Ghost Cranesbill has masses of beautiful white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning deep purple in color with hints of black throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Midnight Ghost 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.
Midnight Ghost Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Midnight Ghost Cranesbill will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 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.
Midnight Ghost Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.