Native Geranium

Native Geranium
Native Geranium (Geranium solanderi) growing in Milarri Garden.
Source: Museum Victoria

Terrat (Woi Wurrung)

Botanical name: Geranium solanderi
Family: Geraniaceae


This plant is high in medicinal tannin used to treat diarrhoea. Geraniums have tuberous roots like radishes which contain nutritious starch. These roots can be pounded to break down the fibrous texture before being cooked and eaten.


Native Geranium grows in grassy open forests, riparian scrub, sclerophyll forests and Red Gum habitat. It is found in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.


This prostrate perennial will thrive in damp areas and well-drained soils. With the right conditions it can create a dense mound of foliage about 0.5  m tall and 0.6–1.5  m wide.

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Leaves of the Native Geranium