Common geranium

Pelargonium x hortorum

Description

The Common geranium is one of the long-time popular flowering perennials in gardens throughout the Inland Empire. It 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 good 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.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Red, Pink, White, Lavender
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Moist soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Mass planting
Height: 1 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft. – 3 ft.

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