April 23, 2017

Bigroot Was Here

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ - bigroot cranesbill

Janine Pineo Photo | Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ – bigroot cranesbill

The little wisp of color at the 2013 Bangor garden show was enough to catch the eye and show a hint of what Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ has to offer once it gets settled. This bigroot cranesbill sports rich magenta petals with red sepals held well above the leaves, which are fragrant. Hardy to Zone 3, ‘Bevan’s’ will grow in all of Maine, preferring full to partial sun and tolerating dry conditions once established. The “bigroot” reference derives from the thick rhizomes that emerge over time as the plant matures, forming a heavy groundcover with a spread of about two feet. After blooming in late spring and early summer, the foliage stays until autumn when the leaves turn red and bronze.