Geranium sessiflorum (Nigrescens)
Species: Geranium sessiflorum subsp. novae-zelandiae var. novae-zelandiae, simply called Geranium sessiflorum
Common name: Geranium sessiflorum Nigrescens. The bronze leaf cultivar name of Geranium sessiflorum is Nigrescens is now being adopted.
Geranium sessiflorum is a perennial herb found on the North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand on stony, open ground, alpine tussock and coastal sands.
In dry soils it can grow into a 15cm patch and only 4 cm high but in moist condition can grow up to 15 cm high.
It has a deep taproot with a single or branch tufts of foliage. The 1-2 cm leaves are kidney shaped and lobed around the margins. The small 1cm flowers are white.
Photographed at Te Kainga Marire Gardens at Spencer Place, January.
The 1 cm flower