Geranium phaeum

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Geranium phaeum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium
Species: G. phaeum
Binomial name
Geranium phaeum
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Geranium phaeum, commonly called dusky cranesbill, mourning widow or black widow, is a herbaceous plant species in the Geraniaceae family.[1] It is native from southern, central, and western Europe, and is cultivated as a garden subject. It has dark violet colored flowers.[2] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?408061
  2. ^ Phillips, Ellen; Colston Burrell, C. (1993), Rodale's illustrated encyclopedia of perennials, Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, pp. 373–76, ISBN 0875965709 
  • A Concise Guide to The Flowers of Britain and Europe, Oleg Polunin, Oxford University Press, paperback reprint 1987, ISBN 0-19-217630-7