Geranium incanum usually has pink or mauve flowers. The white form does, however, represent a recognized variation, viz. Geranium incanum var. incanum that is usually white or pink. It is a low-growing perennial herb that creeps or scrambles with many soft branches that divide at the base above a taproot. It tends to form a mat, grows in full sun or semi-shade and is a garden favourite.
The leaves are deeply lobed or divided into a delicate feathery structure that has fine hairs usually only on the lower surface. The flowers are symmetrical or actinomorphic, with five petals that are dark veined from the centre like wheel spokes. The fruits are said to resemble the beak of the crane, giving the genus its name from geranos, Greek for crane. (Crane is to Geranium as Stork is to Pelargonium as pelargos, a stork in Greek, has a beak resembling Pelargonium fruit).
The distribution area of the plant ranges from Malmesbury in the west along the coastal zone to Port Elizabeth and up into tropical Africa. The flowering time is end winter to end spring.