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PELARGONIUM capitatum 'Attar of Roses'

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Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

PELARGONIUM capitatum 'Attar of Roses'

Plant Common Name

Rose-scented Geranium

Special Notice

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General Description

A scented geranium species native to southern Africa, rose-scented geranium is grown for its highly fragrant leaves that smell of roses, as the common name suggests. It survives as a low-growing, short-lived perennial subshrub in its native Africa but is most commonly grown as a garden annual. During the growing season, it bears small, attractive flowers of pink with reddish markings. The plants spread and can be planted as a drought-tolerant evergreen groundcover in subtropical or Mediterranean climates. The leaves can be used to flavor cakes and beverages, in the same way as the similarly scented rose geranium, Pelargonium graveolens.

Rose-scented geranium leaves are velvety with long hairs, somewhat fleshy and palm-shaped with serrated edges. They are normally crisp green but can develop reddish hues as they age or if plants become stressed. The small flowers are five-petaled and borne in terminal clusters. Flower color is typically pink with darker markings. Pointy seedheads follow pollination by insects, and plants have been known to self-sow where winters are mild and dry.

Vigorous and easy to grow, rose-scented geranium grows best in full to partial sun and average to fertile soil that drains well. It can be planted in mixed beds and herbal borders or containers. This tender species will only overwinter in areas where winters are dry and temperatures remain above freezing. The scented leaves can be used in potpourri or for baking. This is an easy plant to grow from cuttings: just dip tip cuttings in rooting hormone, place in lightly moist sand and tend in a well-lit, warm spot. Where winters are cold, it can be overwintered indoors as a houseplant in a cool, dry, sunny room or conservatory.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mediterranean, Turkey, Canary Islands, Africa, Southern Africa, Madagascar, South Africa, Iraq, Iran, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • 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

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Dark Green, Bronze, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Dark Green, Bronze, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Dark Green, Bronze, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Dark Green, Bronze, Orange Red, Ivory

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, 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

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes