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Sweet-Scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium odoratissimum

Also known as

Peppermint Pelargonium, Apple-Scented or Apple-Rose-Scented Geranium, Apple-Scented Geranium, Apple-Rose-Scented Pelargonium, Geranium, Apple geranium

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Sweet-Scented Pelargonium Overview

This perennial, spreading pelargonium species has good antibacterial activity and can be use for cosmetic, culinary, craft and aromatic preservatives. The leaves are highly aromatic making it a good addition to a scented garden. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.

Common problems with Sweet-Scented Pelargonium

Susceptible to aphids and whitefly, control with organic insecticides and encourage natural predators like lady bugs

How to harvest Sweet-Scented Pelargonium

Leaves and flowers for culinary purposes can be harvested anytime during the growing season. Harvesting leaves and shoots for oils takes place 3 to 4 times per year.

How to propagate Sweet-Scented Pelargonium


Take cuttings after flowering and seeding is completed, use 15cm semi-mature shoots and rooting hormone, rooting take about 3 weeks.


Sow seed in early spring in well drained, light potting mix, spread seeds out evenly, cover with sand or finely milled bark, water well, place in lightly shaded area. Germination takes about 4 weeks.

Special features of Sweet-Scented Pelargonium

Pot plant

Good container plants if placed in shady position.

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies visit the flowers.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Sweet-Scented 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.



Aromatic essential oils


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