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.
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.
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.
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.
Saxifraga stolonifera cv. Tricolor, also known as magic carpet, is a variegated type. 'Maroon Beauty' produces rounded reddish leaves, silvery veins and red stems.
Saxifraga species may be bothered by aphids. Use insecticidal soap, available at most garden centers, for control.