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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album' (White bigroot geranium)
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Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album'

White bigroot geranium

Abundant, pure white, cup-shaped blooms rest gracefully above mounds of deeply divided, dark green foliage. Flowering from May-August. Low maintenance groundcover happiest in rich, moist to well-drained soil; light supplemental irrigation during dry spells.

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Height

8-12 Inches

Spread

18-24 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

White bigroot geranium Interesting Notes

The very useful species, Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album' makes a tight and dense mat of fragrant, light green foliage. The evergreen foliage is topped with profuse clusters of slightly blushed, white flowers with pink stamens in late spring to early summer. The weed blocking foliage creates a slowly spreading patch that is great filler around other perennials. It does not have an aggressive root system and will not harm the more delicate shallow root systems of plants like rhododendrons and azaleas. Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album' works well growing in front of taller perennials such as Asters or Solidago. It is also quite useful as an edging for borders. Its medium-sized, round leaves contrast well with the fine foliage and textures of ornamental grasses or woody shrubs like Nandina, hebes and barberry. - Great Plant Picks

Geranium is derived from the Greek geranós, meaning crane. The common name, cranesbill, derives from the shape of the fruit capsule that appears in some of the species.

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album' Growing and Maintenance Tips

This groundcover hardy geranium grows best in rich moist to well-drained soil, but is tough and will tolerate sand and clay. Plant it in full sun to light or open shade. This plant requires very little maintenance. A light shearing in mid winter can tidy the foliage, but is not necessary. It has relatively shallow roots and can easily be divided and spread to other areas in the garden. Divisions are best done while dormant, from late fall to early spring. Once established this hardy geranium only needs occasional water during prolonged dry periods. - Great Plant Picks

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Moist
Moist
Average
Average
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Moist Sun