'Raven' is an easy and reliable choice for any garden. It is resistant to drought and the ravages of slugs and rabbits. The only fauna it attracts are bees and other pollinators (read "butterflies"!). It swiftly grows to its mature height of 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Fantastic for bedding, borders, patio, and containers in the South and Southwest, where many Geraniums have short and unsatisfactory bloom seasons.
'Raven' displays a remarkable bloom time. Intensely colored 1-inch blooms of nearly-black purple with a white eye begin appearing on this graceful plant in early summer, and unlike most Geraniums (which fizzle when the temperature climbs too high), keep coming until early fall. The reblooming display can stretch from May through until August!
This hardy geranium is very easy to grow: just plant it in average, well-drained soil and it does the rest! Space 18 inches apart. Give 'Raven' some shade in hot and dry climates. Zones 5 to 8.
|Zone||5 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||18 in - 24 in|
|Plant Width||18 in - 24 in|
|Bloom Size||1 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer|
|Bloom Color||Dark Blue, Dark Maroon, Dark Purple, Light Black, White|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Containers, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor|
Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.