Geranium maderense Yeo

Perennial herb to over 1 m tall (sometimes dying after flowering ) with a large, stalked basal rosette of leaves, stems fleshy. Leaves divided palmately into (3)5 lobes but each lobe further divided and toothed, the middle lobe stalked and the teeth and minor divisions distinctly pointed. Flowers in dense clusters, petals 2 cm long, pinkish purple with pale raised veins, darker at the base.


The largest of all Geranium species, this is perhaps the most widely grown of a similar group of giant rosette-forming perennials including G. palmatum Cav. from Madeira [G. anemonifolium L’Hér.], G. canariense Reuter from the Canary Islands and G. rubescens from Madeira. A key to these similar species, including larger variants of G. robertianum, is given below. These species are known to hybridise.

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