The Geranium is a perennial from the Cranesbill family. Worldwide there are more than 800 different varieties that grow in the wild all over the world.
Because the Geranium family consists of so many different species, there is a suitable species for every type of soil.
The flowering time varies per variety between April – October and has a height between 20 – 100 cm. Some Geranium species lose their leaves in winter, but there are also species that keep their leaves. Most of the Geranium family are perennials and will reappear in the spring after a harsh winter. Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is one of the best-known Geranium species because this ‘newcomer’ is the longest flowering Geranium. With its striking violet-blue flower, this is a common plant in your average garden.
Geranium is derived from the Greek word geranios which means crane. This is because the flower of the ancient species of Geranium resembles the beak of a crane. This is how the name Cranesbill came into being. Some types of Geranium are edible, both the leaf and the flower, but you have to be a connoisseur to properly distinguish the edible Geranium species from the non-edible species. There are also a number of poisonous species. Of the Geranium species that are edible, the flower is often used decoratively for the preparation of a fancy dish. The leaves of edible Geranium species were formerly used as a dried herb or to make tea.