- 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.