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Geranium macrorrhizum (Big-root crane's bill)

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Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Ultimate height
0.5m
Max height
Ultimate spread
Ultimate spread
0.6m
Max spread
Time to maturity
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name: Geranium macrorrhizum

Other names: Big-root crane's bill, Cranesbill, Bigroot cranesbill, Balkan cranesbill, Rock cranesbill, Big root cranesbill

Genus: Geranium Geranium

Species: G. macrorrhizum - G. macrorrhizum is a semi-evergreen perennial with aromatic, sticky, lobed and toothed light green leaves and clusters of pink to purplish-pink or white flowers in early summer.


Geranium macrorrhizum is: Semi evergreen

Flower: Pink, Purplish-pink, White in Summer

Foliage: Light green in Spring; Light green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

Fragrance: Strongly aromatic leaves

Habit: Clump-forming

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests: Capsid bug , Rose leaf-rolling sawfly , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil Capsid bug , Rose leaf-rolling sawfly , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Specific diseases: Downy mildew , Powdery mildew Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Remove spent flower stems and old leaves to encourage the production of new leaves and flowers. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Basal cuttings, Division. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

Geranium macrorrhizum (Big-root crane's bill) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation: Prefers any moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, but most soils (except waterlogged), in full sun or full shade, are tolerated.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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Botanical name: Geranium macrorrhizum

Other names: Big-root crane's bill, Cranesbill, Bigroot cranesbill, Balkan cranesbill, Rock cranesbill, Big root cranesbill

Genus: Geranium Geranium

Species: G. macrorrhizum - G. macrorrhizum is a semi-evergreen perennial with aromatic, sticky, lobed and toothed light green leaves and clusters of pink to purplish-pink or white flowers in early summer.


Geranium macrorrhizum is: Semi evergreen

Flower: Pink, Purplish-pink, White in Summer

Foliage: Light green in Spring; Light green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

Fragrance: Strongly aromatic leaves

Habit: Clump-forming

Watch out for

Specific pests: Capsid bug , Rose leaf-rolling sawfly , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Specific diseases: Downy mildew , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Remove spent flower stems and old leaves to encourage the production of new leaves and flowers. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Basal cuttings, Division. REGISTER to read more...


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Geranium macrorrhizum (Big-root crane's bill) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation: Prefers any moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, but most soils (except waterlogged), in full sun or full shade, are tolerated.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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