Geranium macrorrhizum
Bigroot Geranium
Southern Europe

Wide spreading mound. Shade tolerant, pungently aromatic perennial favoring calcareous soils.
12-18 inches tall and 15 inches wide
Pink flowers are arranged in a terminal cluster. The stems are 2 times as long as the sepals and petals. Each flower is about 1 inch wide. Dark red calyces are inflated like small balloons.
Late spring to early summer.
The basal leaves are palmately lobed with 5-7 lobes which are cut nearly to the leaf base. Each lobe in turn has 3-5 notches at the tip. The foliage is pubescent and aromatic.
Partial shade
  • 'Album' - The white flower is highlighted by a pinkish-red calyx and long protruding stamens and anther. 10-12 inches.
  • 'Bevan's variety' - Deep magenta flowers, 12 inches.
  • 'Ingwersen's variety' - PaIe pink flowers with glossy leaves, 12 inches tall.
  • 'Spessart' - Soft pink flowers, 12 inches tall.
  • 'Variegatum' - Magenta-pink flowers, leaves variegated with cream, yellow and a bit of red around the leaf edges.
Spread by seed and creeping rhizomes.


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