Are you looking for a glorious new shade perennial option? This hardy geranium is nosing out of the ground now (above photo of foliage taken yesterday), already showing off its fanciful foliage in lush green with burgundy splash. Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ prefers shade to part shade with a clumping, bushy habit. The nodding blooms in sultry deep maroon, to match the splotched foliage, are clustered atop erect stems in late spring. Those brooding, dark blooms give this perennial its common names of mourning widow, black window or dusky cranesbill. It does like to self-seed, but the seedlings are easy to transplant or pot up to give away.
Technical stuff – Mourning widow/Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’, hardy perennial to zone 5, height and spread of about 24”, part shade to shade, prefers moist soil, blooms late spring.