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Pelargonium x hybridum

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Pelargonium × hortorum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Geranium is a short-lived perennial that is tufted and grows up to 2' long. Leaves are simple or divided and are variously colored. This plant has a low drought tolerance. This plant is a summer bloomer and lasts until frost. Wet leaves have a strong unpleasant fishy odor. Geranium is a complex group of hybrids, but easily recognized in beds by the umbels and reniform leaves with large stipules. This plant has numerous cultivars and is utilized in hanging baskets, planters, containers, and bedding. This plant prefers the full sun and cool, moist soils that are well-drained. Seeds should be sown in January-February at 70-75 degrees and planted out in late May. Stem cuttings are taken in July-August and grown under glass until frost danger has passed. This plant is susceptible to catepillars, mites, mealybugs, fungal diseases, and bacterial diseases.

Poison Delivery Mode: Dermatitis.

Severity: SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.

Found in: Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower garden as herbaceous annual.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Flowers in umbels on elongated peduncle
  • Leaves reniform to orbicular, and peltate
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bravo Pastel'
  • 'Sophia'
  • 'Straitum'
Tags:
#fragrant#red#white#pink#sun#poisonous#full sun#fragrant flowers#annual#summer#apvg#fall interest#moist soil#cpp#well-drained soil#spring interest#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bravo Pastel'
  • 'Sophia'
  • 'Straitum'
Tags:
#fragrant#red#white#pink#sun#poisonous#full sun#fragrant flowers#annual#summer#apvg#fall interest#moist soil#cpp#well-drained soil#spring interest#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pelargonium
    Family:
    Geraniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are rare, but when they do bloom, they are elongated capsules with a beak, dehiscing from beak downwards, and coiling.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are single, semidouble to double, uniform in color of red, pink, or salmon, and occasionally peppermint. Flowers have 5 petals and appear subrotate. Inflorescence is an erect umbel on a long peduncle with involucral bracts hidden.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Orbicular
    Peltate
    Reniform
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are simple, alternate to subopposite, orbicular to reniform, peltate, crenate, undulate to sinuate, cordate, and pubescent. Bruised leaves are aromatic. Leaves are green, often variegated green with a dark green zone in from the margin. Stipules are large, persistent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are erect, succulent, and glabrescent.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Problems:
    Malodorous
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Skin irritation of minor risk.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown; possibly essential oils.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves