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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Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2017-03-06
Doing wonderfully with all the extra rainfall this year.
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-06-09
Seedling or sport of Ingwersen's Variety
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-06-07
Seedling or sport of Ingwersen's Variety
Location: Het Schol
Date: 2024-04-21
Petals already fallen
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: Apr 17, 2007 1:18 PM
Location: Het Schol
Date: 2024-04-21
Growing in the wild
Location: Het Schol
Date: 2024-04-21
Location: Het Schol
Date: 2024-04-21
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2008-06-07
Blossoms are a deeper pink than the Ingwersen's Variety

Date: 2013-05-13
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: May 7, 2009 12:07 PM
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-06-27

photo by ghislain118
Location: garden of botanist Robert R. Kowal in Madison, Wisconsin
Date: April 29, 2012
photo by James Steakley
Location: Pirin, Bulgaria
Photo courtesy of: Michael Kesl
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2017-06-05

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2018-06-15
Location: In my garden. Poland.

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic
Uploaded by Windigo
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-23

Date: 2012-05-20
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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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