The Common geranium becomes a mounding perennial with succulent stems, usually growing 2-3 ft. tall and as wide. Circular leaves with heavily scalloped margins have soft fuzzy surfaces and are strongly pungent when crushed. Flowers are grouped together in ball-like clusters that are 3-4 in. dia. and project out from the foliage on 5-7 in. long stems. Flower petals have solid colors and include white, pink, red and lavender
Common geraniums are known as zonal hybrids due to the occurrence of dark circular rings that mark the leaf surface. This group is noted to have tolerance of heat, aridity and sun conditions, and can survive neglect for extended periods of time. Red cultivars are classic container plants; many colors are available from nurseries and garden centers.