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Rose Pelargonium

Pelargonium graveolens

Also known as

Sweet Scented Pelargonium, Geranium, Rose geranium, Sweet-scented geranium

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Rose Pelargonium Overview

Pelargonium graveolens with its strongly rose-scented leaves and pinkish-white flowers is an interesting addition to the mixed border. Plant in a rockery where it can scramble over rocks. Rose pelargonium is grown mostly for its ornamental purposes and its oil. This vigorous bush shrub releases a rose-like sent when rubbing the leaves.

Common problems with Rose Pelargonium

Susceptible to whitefly and aphids. Spray with organic insecticides to control and encourage beneficial predators like lady bugs.

Rose Pelargonium Companion Plants

Plant next to cabbages to repel the white cabbage butterfly. Edge your vegetable garden with any of the scented geramiums, their wonderful scent will lure insects away from the fruit and vegetables.

How to harvest Rose Pelargonium

For culinary use, leaves and flowers can be harvested throughout the growing season. For oil production the leaves and young shoots are harvested 3 to 4 times per year from 6 months after planting.

How to propagate Rose Pelargonium


Sow seed in later winter or early spring.


Take softwood cuttings in spring, late summer and early autumn.

Special features of Rose Pelargonium

Pot plant

Good container plant if placed in semi shaded position.

Attracts useful insects

Bees feed on the flowers.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Rose Pelargonium

Grown for their foliage and colourful flowers. Some are grown for the fragrance of their leaves. They are useful in pots or as bedding plants; in warm conditions flowers are borne almost continuously. Suitable for coastal conditions.


Leaves and flowers are edible, but leaves have more powerful fragrance and used in flavouring baking.

Insect repellant

Mosquitoes, flies and horseflies can't bear the smell of any scented geraniums, rub the leaves and sprigs onto counter tops and windowsills, over blankets and pillows to keep these pests away.

Other uses

Essential Oils

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