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Pelargonium x hortorum

Geranium

Zonal Geranium, Common Geranium, Bedding Geranium
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Pelargonium x hortorum
Principal Common Name Geranium
Common Name(s) Zonal Geranium, Common Geranium, Bedding Geranium
Synonym
Description These tender perennials are used as bedding and container plants and are grown in almost every region of the country. These plants have succulent leaves and stems and may grow into small shrubs up to 3 feet high. The leaves in most varieties are circular, 2 to 3 inches in diameter and may be disctinctively marked or banded. Geraniums have 4 to 5" diameter flower clusters composed of small florets arranged in a half sphere. Flower color ranges from white through pink to magenta. There are scarlets,lavenders, salmon and orange varieties. Often the leaves are tinted to match the color of the flower, in other cases leaf color complements the blossom.
General Comments Geranium Family, with a number of significant disease (leaf spot, black leg, blight, root and stem rots, rust) and pest (mite, mealybug, caterpillar) problems, the most significant of which is Botrytis blight
Origin
Nativity South Africa
Height Range 0 - 3 FT
Spread Range 0 - 3 FT
Flower Showy Y
Warning
Sunset Zones 8 : 9 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Dark Green : Green : Medium Green
Leaf Texture Coarse : Fragrant : Thick
Form Bedding plant : Shrub : Subshrub
Flower Color Orange : Pink : Red : White
Flower Time Continuous
Months
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium : Seasonal - summer water
Outstanding Features Color : Container Plant : Drought tolerant : Indoor Plant

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