Big-root crane's bill 'Doppeldecker'

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Doppeldecker' | Also known as: Cranesbill 'Doppeldecker', Bigroot cranesbill 'Doppeldecker', Balkan cranesbill 'Doppeldecker', Rock cranesbill 'Doppeldecker' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Geranium macrorrhizum is an herbaceous perennial. It starts flowering during late spring and can continue for four weeks, producing a plethora of pink, apple scented flowers during the month. G. macrorrhizum is a great plant for dense groundcover, and will tolerate full sun and dry conditions, making it an ideal specimen for drought resistant gardens. It’s best suited to sunny or partially shady conditions where the soil is well-drained yet moist. It has scented foliage, making it ideal for the edges of borders where it’ll be brushed when walking by. It also works well in containers.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and easy care
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Shade
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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Geranium is a large genus of plants, commonly called cranesbill, containing around 422 species. Plants are annual, biennial and perennial, and though mostly common to the Mediterranean, can be found in temperate and tropical regions too. Geraniums are characterised by their cleft and broadly circular leaves and the five-petalled flowers that come in colours of pink, purple, white and blue. Flowers often have distinctive veining for additional attraction. Plants normally bloom extremely well and as they grow in most conditions, are a garden favourite. Some species can also be pruned back hard after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms.

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