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Plants We Love: Bigroot Geranium

This rugged hardy geranium is an easy groundcover with great summer flowers and good fall color.
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Plant name: Bigroot geranium

Botanical name:Geranium macrorrhizum

Virtues: An easy-to-please groundcover that chokes out weeds and looks nice from spring right through fall.

Flower: 5-petaled pink flowers appear in late spring. Can rebloom in summer.

Foliage: Deeply lobed and fragrant, the green leaves turn reddish bronze in fall.

Habit: Clump-forming groundcover that spreads by thick rhizomes. Grows 12 to 18 inches high.

Season: Spring through fall.

Origin: Southern Europe

Cultivation: Average soil, full sun to partial shade. Stands up to drought and hot summers. A good companion for summer- and fall-flowering bulbs, as it fills in gaps before they bloom, and can be sheared back when they come into bloom. Can self-sow; remove spent flowers to avoid this. USDA Zones 3–8.

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