Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ is a low-growing semi-evergreen perennial with wonderfully aromatic foliage, perfect for ground cover. Forming a close-mat, this hardy geranium is loved by pollinators and will add a splash of pretty pink to your garden in late spring and summer.
A profusion of densely arranged, small soft rose-pink flowers arrive in late spring. Held on slim stems above the leaves, each flower emerges from a red-flushed calyx. In a rather charming fashion, the long magenta-pink filaments of the flower plunge downwards away from the petals, and then curl back upwards, creating a really attractive effect. Flowering through spring and summer it will fill any planting scheme with a blush of pink blooms.
The gorgeous aromatic foliage is made up of lighter green, slightly glossy and broadly lobed, evergreen leaves. The leaves turn a beautiful bronze in autumn, and in winter are tinted with crimson. Look out for the distinctive beak-like seed-pods which elongate after pollination, give geraniums the common name Crane’s Bill.
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ prefers any fertile soil (although do keep it away from waterlogged areas) and it is drought tolerant, one of the few plants that will be happy enough in dry shade. It is also content in full sun or any type of shade. It is semi-evergreen and in colder areas it may lose all its leaves in the autumn, however fresh growth will appear again in spring when the weather warms.
A vigorous grower and tolerant of a wide range of conditions, Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ is a great option for naturalised planting schemes and is also really good for an area needing large-scale weed-suppressing ground-cover.
Ultimate height 0.5m
Ultimate spread 1m
Time to ultimate height 2 – 5 years
Partial shade, full sun or full shade
Any moist, well-drained soil or any pH.
RHS hardiness H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)
Naturalistic and informal planting
Flower borders and beds
Ground cover and underplanting