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PELARGONIUM (AMERICANA™ SERIES)

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Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

PELARGONIUM( AMERICANA™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Americana™ Geranium

General Description

Big, beautiful, intensely colored flower clusters are the crowning glory of the Americana™ Series of zonal geraniums. These beauties have robust, upright, well-branched habits as well as pretty scalloped leaves in addition to its huge clusters of semi-double flowers that come in fourteen different colors. Plants will bloom continuously if well-maintained and can tolerate oppressive summertime heat better than the typical zonal geranium. The hybrid Americana™ Series was introduced by Goldsmith Seeds.

These tender perennials have fragrant, somewhat fleshy evergreen leaves that are lobed and crisp medium green, sometimes with colorful patterns. Their showy flowers are semi-double and borne in big terminal clusters. Flower colors include red, white, pink, orange, purple and salmon shades.

Vigorous and easy to grow, zonal geraniums prefer full to partial sun and average to fertile soil that drains well. Overwatering can result in root or crown rot. Most hybrids are everblooming and require regular deadheading for best appearance and flower production. They can be planted in mixed beds and borders, containers or hanging baskets.

Zonal geraniums will rot and deteriorate in the humidity and rains of sub-tropical to tropical rainy seasons. It’s better to grow them in areas where growing temperatures mild and conditions drier.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    14"-22" / 35.6cm - 55.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Salmon, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No