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Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium

Pelargonium glutinosum

Also known as

Pheasant-Foot Geranium, Balm-Scented Pelargonium

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium Overview

This erect, well-branched shrub is known for its sticky leaves and attractive dark pink flowers. It flowers sporadically throughout the year but mostly in Spring. This particular Pelargonium has an interesting feathered, spiral-shaped coil attached to the seed that assists in distribution and drilling into soil. They can withstand extreme temperatures and a variety of climatic conditions.

Common problems with Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium

Pelargonium glutinosum is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

    Sticky-Leaf 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.

    A photo of Cabbage


    Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group) 'Cabbages'

    How to harvest Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium

    Flowers can be harvested for cut flowers or the leaves can be picked and used for potpourri.

    How to propagate Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium


    Sow seeds in late summer and early autumn in a light, well-drained potting soil, at a depth of one-and-a-half times the size of the seed. Water thoroughly but gently. Germination takes 4 weeks.


    Take semi-mature stem cuttings, 15 cm long and apply rooting hormone. Insert into prepared holes to avoid damaging the ends and keep moist to root, which takes 3-4 weeks.

    Special features of Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium

    Attractive flowers

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Sticky-Leaf Pelargonium

    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