GERANIUM macrorrhizum

Rock Cranesbill



Height: 6-18" (15-45cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Pink, white

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder)
Order: Geraniales (Geranium Order)
Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Genus: Geranium (Cranesbill)
Species: macrorrhizum (with large roots)
Geranium macrorrhizum

Geranium macrorrhizum is a medium-sized hardy Geranium useful for evergreen ground cover and in shady spots. It has sticky, lobed leaves, smelling strongly of ripe plums (or ripe Passion Fruit), which turn red in autumn. It spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies. In early summer, it bears small clusters of flat flowers in shades of pink or white, with protruding red stamens and inflated red calyces. The photograph is Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Inside (3 days)
Deno (71 days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is a thin woody case which stays on the seeds. The seeds are in the middle
of the red calyx, which opens when the seeds are ripe.

Seed The seeds are small pale brown pointed ovals. Each flower has five seeds in a ring at
the bottom of the style.

Seedling The seedleaves are rounded with a notch, with a long reddish stem. The first true leaves
are trifoliate.

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