Herb: Bigroot Geranium


Latin name: Geranium macrorrhizum


Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)



Medicinal use of Bigroot Geranium:

Aphrodisiac.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
June to
August


Scent:
Scented
Perennial

Habitat of the herb:

Amongst limestone rocks, screes, in woods and scrub to 2100 metres. Shady places, especially in mountains.

Other uses of Bigroot Geranium:

The very aromatic leaves have been used in the past as a source of geranium oil. They are used in pot-pourri and perfumery. A good dense ground cover plant. A very effective weed smotherer. Plants grow rampantly, rooting as they spread. They should be spaced about 60cm apart each way.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, virtually every bit of a divided plant, whether it has roots or not, will grow away and produce roots. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of Bigroot Geranium:

Amongst limestone rocks, screes, in woods and scrub to 2100 metres. Shady places, especially in mountains.

Known hazards of Geranium macrorrhizum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.