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Overview

In spite of its misleading common name, the strawberry geranium, also known as strawberry begonia, is neither a geranium nor a begonia. This small plant, native to Eastern Asia and Japan, is referred to as “mother-of-thousands” as well, because it produces plantlets at the ends of delicate, long stems.

Form

Strawberry geraniums, evergreen plants, grow 6 to 8 inches tall, and have a spreading, mat-forming habit. Its gray-green leaves are rounded to heart-shaped, with silver veining and hairy texture. North Carolina State University extension describes the undersides of leaves as purplish-maroon with long, pink hairs. Strawberry geraniums produce 1- to 2-foot, thin stems that bear small, white, five-petaled flowers.

Uses

Strawberry geraniums may be used as ground cover plants or in rock gardens, hanging baskets, window boxes or other containers. This species also sees use as a houseplant.

Cultivation

Strawberry geraniums prefer shade conditions and moist, organic, well-drained soil. This plant is not drought tolerant and is suitable for USDA zones 7 to 10. Propagate strawberry geraniums by division of the plantlets that form at the ends of stems. Indoors, strawberry geraniums like bright, indirect light and cool, moist conditions. Feed monthly with a commercial houseplant fertilizer.

Selected Varieties

Saxifraga stolonifera cv. Tricolor, also known as magic carpet, is a variegated type. 'Maroon Beauty' produces rounded reddish leaves, silvery veins and red stems.

Problems

Saxifraga species may be bothered by aphids. Use insecticidal soap, available at most garden centers, for control.

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About this Author

Marie Roberts is a freelance writer based in north central Florida. She has a B.S. in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida. Roberts began writing in 2002 and is published in the "Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society."