Here is the first in a new feature on unusual perennials:
Geranium phaeum also known as Mourning Widow or Dusky Geranium.
This is a true hardy geranium that is shade tolerant. Lovely maroon flowers are held above lobed foliage. The cultivar 'Samobor' also has maroon splotched leaves. Flowers appear in late spring to early summer. It exhibits drought tolerance once established. An easy and beautiful plant that is one of my absolute favorites!