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Rose-Scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium capitatum

Also known as

Coast Pelargonium, Kusmalva, Rose scented geranium, Geranium

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

60cm

50cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Rose-Scented Pelargonium Overview

Pelargonium capitatum is a bushy sub-shrub with velvety, rose-scented, lobed leaves and clusters of pink, white or pale purple flowers that appear in summer. As well as for ornamental purposes, this pelargonium is cultivated for its rose-scented oil. Happiest in full sun and with dry soil, the Rose Scented Geranium (a name it's often known by) likes a warm, sheltered position if planted outside. It is not hardy however, so in colder areas, it will need to be indoors in winter, where it can also be enjoyed all year round. It is a particularly popular plant for patio and conservatory pots or containers. Low maintenance and drought resistant, Pelargonium capitatum only needs dead-heading to encourage more flowers, and an occasional trim. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape.

Common problems with Rose-Scented Pelargonium

How to propagate Rose-Scented Pelargonium

Cuttings

Propagate from softwood cuttings from spring to autumn.

Special features of Rose-Scented Pelargonium

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Rose-Scented Pelargonium

Perfume

Bedding displays

Coastal gardens