Plant Description

Geranium macrorrhizum

Geranium macrorrhizum Ingwersens Variety

This is a rhizomatous species Geranium (ht 30 cm) from southern Europe that is one of the easiest to grow in Sydney. It forms a good, dense groundcover mat, up to 30-45 cm across, of aromatic, rounded leaves and simple, pretty flowers in spring. The basic species has magenta flowers but there are cultivars in colours of white, purplish and pinks. It will grow well in shade (even quite dry shade) or sun and doesn't need any special treatment to do well. It appreciates occasional watering and fertilising in late winter. The leaves sometimes take on autumnal tints. To propagate the plant, detach pieces of the rhizomes and pot up or plant directly into the ground.

One favourite cultivar is 'Ingwersen's Variety' (pictured above), with soft pale pink flowers. Others include 'Album' (white) and 'Bevan's Variety' (crimson-purple).

 

Geranium macrorrhizum
Out now in my Sydney garden.
Flowers from September to December.
Plant Family: Geraniaceae

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