Geranium macrorrhizum L.

Aromatic, hairy, sticky, rhizomatous, woody perennial herb to 0.5 m tall. Leaves 10-20 cm wide, palmate, with 7 divisions. Flowers with petals 1.5-2 cm long, white, pink or purple.

Europe (montane)

Used medicinally but also a source of perfumed geranium oil (now extracted from pelargoniums).

Source: Francis, D.; Rodgers, I.; Scriven, A.; Spencer, R. (2002). Geraniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album'

Flowers relatively large with sepals pink, petals white.

Introduced to UK by Walter Ingwersen from the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria.

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'

Sepals deep red, petals dark magenta.

Collected in the wild by Drs Bevan and Giuseppi and released by Washfield Nursery, Hawkhurst, Kent, UK.

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'

Leaves pale green and slightly glossy. Flowers pale pink.

Collected by Walter Ingwersen on Mt Koprivnik, Montenegro, in 1929.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Geraniales
family       Geraniaceae
genus        Geranium L.