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Geranium macrorrhizum (rock crane's-bill)

Geranium macrorrhizum is an aromatic perennial with attractive soft leaves and pink or purplish flowers, and provides good ground cover.
Pink-purple flowers of rock crane's-bill

Geranium macrorrhizum in Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC by 3.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Geranium macrorrhizum L.

Common name: 

rock crane's-bill, hardy geranium, wild geranium

Conservation status: 

Not considered to be threatened, but not yet evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Rocky places on limestone, often in shade.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Geraniales
Family: 
Geraniaceae
Genus: Geranium

About this species

An easily grown and attractive perennial, Geranium macrorrhizum has a thick, succulent rhizome (underground stem) and soft, deeply divided, aromatic leaves. The flowers are produced in the spring and summer, and have a reddish calyx and pink, reddish-purple or rarely white petals. The specific epithet macrorrhizum refers to its large rhizome.

Genus: 
Geranium

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