All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Shade
Aspect: Full Sun
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Most Types
Colour: Pink
Colour: Red

An early flowering hardy geranium with evergreen aromatic leaves beneath deep magenta flowers held in clusters. An excellent ground cover plant which is very good for dry shade.

Deeply cut, semi-evergreen foliage spreads quickly to form low hummocks that suppress weeds for most of the year. 

The macrorrhizum family are superb ground cover plants in both sun and dry shade, being drought tolerant.  The leaves are sticky and aromatic, smelling of sweetbriar and give brilliant autumn colour.  'Bevan's Variety' is an old but very reliable hybrid which can be grown in most soils. 

Flowers in June and July. Attractive to bees.

Collected in 1925 by Dr Roger Bevan in the Balkans.

Height and Spread: 40 x 60cm

Myth and Legend

Apparently, the Prophet Mohammed, whilst resting beside a stream, decided to wash his shirt in the water. Having done so, he spread his shirt out to dry on a bed of mallows that grew close by and then lay down and slept. As he slept, a miraculous transformation occurred. First the mallows blushed with pleasure at having the opportunity to serve the great man. Then, by the time he awoke, the mallows had all been transformed into cranesbills.

Traditionally, cranesbills offer protection against snakes and serpents. Hence the following country rhyme:

Snakes will not go

Where geraniums grow.

Dreaming of geraniums is meant to be a sign that you need not worry about a recent quarrel, as it meant nothing and will soon be forgotten.

Common name(s): Big Root Cranesbill, Balkan Cranesbill


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.