Black Eyed Geranium

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The Black Eyed Geranium is known to be a favourite of The Black Eyed Peas

Geranium mascatense, also known as Black Eyed geranium, is a small annual plant native to India. Growing in the lower Himalayan altitudes, G. mascatense flowers in spring, and produces deep pink cup-like flowers that have dark purple spots in their centres. It’s a visually stunning little plant. Black Eyed geranium is best suited to sunny or partly shaded aspects, which are similar to its natural habitat. G. mascatense likes well-drained soil and mustn’t become waterlogged as this can cause the stems and roots to rot before the plant has the chance to flower.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.35 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.35 - 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Irregular
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and easy care
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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