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Pelargonium

Pelargonium spp.

Also known as

Geranium

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has a strong fragrance

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    Pelargonium Overview

    Pelargonium is a large genus containing around 230 species, sometimes incorrectly known as geraniums. There are many varieties, cultivars and hybrids of usually evergreen, sometimes succulent perennials, subshrubs and shrubs. These are native to warm temperate and tropical zones worldwide but with a centre of diversity in Southern Africa. They are commonly known by the name Geranium, this genus is often confused with the similar-looking, hardy genus called Geranium. Species from the genus Geranium are often called Hardy Geranium to distinguish between these confusing common names. They have palmately-lobed or pinnately-divided sometimes fragrant and patterned leaves and attractive umbels of 5-petalled flowers in a variety of colours and forms. Several species are popular as houseplants and as bedding in cool temperate regions where they are usually grown as annuals. Drought and heat tolerant, these plants also have a long flowering period, but need protection from frosts.

    Common problems with Pelargonium

    How to propagate Pelargonium

    Cuttings

    Softwood cuttings can be taken in spring, late summer, or early autumn.

    Division

    Special features of Pelargonium

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of 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.

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