General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10 inches (25 cm)
Plant Spread: Spreads by stolons but easily controlled.
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeding
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Other: Take semi-ripe cuttings during the late summer when growth has slowed and plant stems have become firmer.
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2009 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Common names
  • Cranesbill
  • Bigroot Geranium
  • Geranium
  • Bulgarian Geranium
  • Rock Crane's-Bill
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Geranium macrorrhizum
  • Synonym: Geranium macrorrhizum subsp. macrorrhizum
  • Synonym: Geranium macrorrhizum var. angustilobium

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  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 1:07 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
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