Geranium phaeum

Geranium phaeum, commonly called dusky crane's-bill,[1] mourning widow or black widow, is a herbaceous plant species in the family Geraniaceae.[2] It is native to southern, central, and western Europe, and is cultivated as a garden subject. It has dark violet colored flowers.[3] It is unmistakable with dark purple petals turned backwards and with conspicuous projecting stamens and style. Petals crinkly-edged and pointed. Leaves often blotched brown.

Geranium phaeum
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Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium
G. phaeum
Binomial name
Geranium phaeum

The cultivar 'Our Pat' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Geranium phaeum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ Phillips, Ellen; Colston Burrell, C. (1993), Rodale's illustrated encyclopedia of perennials, Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, pp. 373–76, ISBN 0875965709
  4. ^ "Geranium phaeum 'Our Pat'". RHS. Retrieved 14 July 2020.