The true Geranium is just that i.e. its genus is botanically, correctly called Geranium. It's rather more flamboyant Pelargonium cousin often masquerades as a Geranium whereas it is botanically, correctly called Pelargonium. All a bit confusing even to those who study these things.
The true Geranium is quite a hardy perennial that fits well in the perennial border or wild flower gardens. The lobed leaves can be evergreen or perennial and are held on fine stalks. Often the foliage is highly aromatic. The sweet and simple flowers have 5 petals and come in tones of white, pink, purple or blue. Easy to grow in sun or light shade they are ideal for mass planting or for use as a pretty ground-cover. The common name 'Cranesbill' comes about from the shape of the seed head. It is also the interpretation of the botanical name; Gerano being the Greek for Crane.
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In 2013 Geranium 'Rozanne' was voted Plant of the Century by the Royal Horticultural Society. That is a significant award and quite well deserved in my opinion. 'Rozanne' is a fabulous garden plant that flowers for months on end. You may also be interested to know that there are true Geraniums that are endemic to New Zealand.
A carpet of shiny, deep green leaves brushed with bronze provides wonderful contrast for the rose-pink flowers which begin to appear in early summer. The leaves are not deeply cut; rather they are relatively wide with rounded lobes which compliment the rounded shape of the flower petals. Standing only 4 inches tall, this cultivar acts as a weed-smothering groundcover in the garden.
Colour: Pink Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 30cm
Cranesbill. A beautiful little geranium with very striking dark purple, almost black coloured foliage and lilac flowers in summer. The foliage will remain dark throughout summer and develop red tones in autumn. Deciduous. PVR.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 35cm x 45cm