macrorrhizum “Bevan”s Variety”
Known as- Bigroot geranium
Grow Zone - 3 to 8
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 0.75 to 1 ft.
Span- 1.5 to 2 ft.
Coloring- Deep magenta w/ dark red sepals
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Dry to moderate dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, arid to moderate wet, well-drained soil in full
sun to part shade. Tolerates drought due to thick rhizomes. Tolerates
hot and humid summers better than most other geranium species. Unlike
many other geraniums, plants of this species do not need to be cut back,
sheared or otherwise trimmed after flowering. Removal of flowering stems
is all that is usually necessary for maintaining attractive plant appearance.
If foliage decline occurs as the summer progresses, individual leaves
may be removed as they yellow. If flowering stems are not removed, some
self-seeding may occur in ideal growing conditions.
This bigfoot geranium cultivar is a clump-forming perennial which spreads
by rhizomes to form a dense ground cover that chokes out most weeds. Typically
grows 9-12’ tall and spreads to 18-24’ wide. Five-petaled,
deep magenta flowers (to 1’ diameter) with dark red sepals appear
in terminal clusters above the foliage from mid to late spring. A sporadic
rebloom may occur in summer. Flowers give way to cranesbill-like seed
heads. Palmate, deeply-lobed (5-7 lobes), moderate green leaves (basal
leaves 4-8’ wide) are hairy, sticky and fragrant. Leaves acquire
attractive red and bronze tints in fall. Foliage forms an attractive ground
cover throughout the summer and fall. Species plants are commonly called
bigfoot or bigroot geranium in reference to the thick, fleshy rhizomes.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Borders, wild gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized
areas. Small area ground cover. Use near outdoor
fountains and frame the fountain with geraniums. Looks great when they're blooming!