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Pelargonium Pelargonium

Growing Pelargonium: Tips at a Glance

Pelargonium: A Field Guide. Pelargonium, a flowering plant from South Africa, gets confused with geranium because its ivy-shaped leaves are similar.

  • Type Herbaceous flowering plant
  • Life Span Annual or perennial
  • USDA Zones 9-11
  • Light Sun or part shade
  • Water Moderate
  • How to Plant Take cuttings
  • Design Tip Velvety leaves
  • Companions Herbs, annuals
  • Peak Season Spring or summer flowers

Pelargonium: A Field Guide

Please don’t call them “geraniums.” We have to get past that.

Pelargonium, a warm-weather flowering plant from South Africa, gets confused with its cousin because its ivy-shaped leaves are similar. But Pelargonium, with as many as 300 species, plays more roles: as shrub, scented herb, container plant, and cheerful window box companion. Varieties with fragrant leaves perfume the air with lemon, mint, rose, and coconut; plant them where passersby will brush against them.

If it’s hardy geraniums you’re looking for, see Gardening 101: Geraniums.

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