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Pelargonium

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
peh-lar-GO-nee-um
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Uses include potpourris, sachets, teas, jellies, desserts, herbal butter, and vinegar.  The flavor of the flowers is similar to the scent of the leaves.

Hardiness: Tender perennial

Family: Geraniaceae

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.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Amer Cranberry Red'
  • 'Boldly Burgundy'
  • 'Boldly Dark Red'
  • 'Caliente Coral'
  • 'Callipso Dark'
'Amer Cranberry Red', 'Boldly Burgundy', 'Boldly Dark Red', 'Caliente Coral', 'Callipso Dark'
Tags:
#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Amer Cranberry Red'
  • 'Boldly Burgundy'
  • 'Boldly Dark Red'
  • 'Caliente Coral'
  • 'Callipso Dark'
'Amer Cranberry Red', 'Boldly Burgundy', 'Boldly Dark Red', 'Caliente Coral', 'Callipso Dark'
Tags:
#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pelargonium
    Family:
    Geraniaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa
    Edibility:
    Leaves in tea and flavorings
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
  • Flowers:
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    variously colored.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    leaves simple or divided,
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, anorexia, dermatitis Primarily GI upset. Could also see ataxia, muscle weakness, depression or hypothermia in larger exposures, cats are most sensitive.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Geraniol, linalool
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves