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Bevan's Variety Cranesbill

Geranium macrorrhyzum 'Bevan's Variety'

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Bevan's Variety Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhyzum 'Bevan's Variety') at Sargent's Gardens

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill flowers

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhyzum 'Bevan's Variety') at Sargent's Gardens

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill in bloom

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Hardy Bigroot Geranium

Description:

A dense, spreading mat covered in pink saucer shaped blooms; fleshy rhizomes help this geranium survive drought more than others and choke out weeds; deadhead for longer flowering; tolerates high heat and humidity

Ornamental Features

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill has masses of beautiful pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are forest green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bevan's Variety Cranesbill is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features