Geranium macrorrhizum “Bevan”s Variety”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Bigroot geranium
Grow Zone - 3 to 8
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Familial- Geraniaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
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.
Common Applications-
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!