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May 27, 2011

Geranium macrorrhizum-Cranesbill geranium photos

This lovely pink magenta flower is a Cranesbill geranium-Geranium macrorrhizum.
Though it's a wild geranium in Europe, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens.

In early summer, it bears deep magenta or white blooms with very long, red stamens. As you can see, bees love them too.
Geranium macrorrhizum-Cranesbill geranium macro closeup
This hardy perennial geranium spreads by rhizomes and forms large colonies.
It is a low-maintenance but showy ground cover, appreciated in many gardens.
Its scented, lobed leaves turn red in autumn.
Cranesbill geranium thrives on sunny spots but it can take part shade as well.
Geranium macrorrhizum-ground cover photo

Related hardy geraniums like the Dove's foot Cranesbill and Geranium phaeum have beautiful flowers as well.
See also a beautiful pink garden geranium macro

Check out Macro Flowers Saturday list for this week, (closed now).

15 comments:

Carletta said...

What beautiful flowers in mass.
A terrific macro of the bee!

Have a wonderful weekend.
Carletta@Carletta's Captures

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Maia, what a cool flower and thanks for the information on it. An EXCELLENT bee macro, Wow!

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos Maia. Cransbill is one of my favorite summer flowers. I'm not sure if mine survived the winter, but if not I will replace it.

Sara Chapman said...

So glad you are back. I have a very, very similar flower in my yard, but flat flowers and smaller, rounder leaves. Definitely a cousin. And a tough little guy!

Leovi said...

Nice and smooth tones and excellent smooth texture. A beautiful flower. Very sensual warmth of tone.

Minoru said...

Very beautiful photos. autumnleaves also will be pretty.

maiaT said...

Thanks Minoru.

Your link should be a permalink, not your entire archive.

Míriam Luiza said...

Lindos gerâneos! Amei a cor rosa delicada!

Gunsside said...

Lovely shots, beautiful texture with great colors ;))

Wind said...

Happy weekend everyone!
My best regards from Romania!

LV said...

What an unusual and beautiful flower. You did an excellent job catching that big ole bee so well.

daliana said...

Happy Sunday!
Regards!

My garden haven said...

Wow, that's a great macro of that bee!
Rosie

Tina said...

This bee in the flower is soooo beautiful! :)

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