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PELARGONIUM (PATRIOT SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Geraniaceae

Botanical Name

PELARGONIUM( PATRIOT SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Patriot Geraniums, Semi-double Zonal Geranium, Zonal Geranium

General Description

An exceptional series of zonal geraniums introduced by Oglevee, Patriot geraniums are self-branching, have mounded habits and large clusters of flowers that come in 12 different colors. The early-flowering plants are also known for their good tolerance to hot, wet summertime weather.

Pelargoniums are tender perennials with fragrant, somewhat fleshy evergreen leaves that are lobed and crisp medium green, sometimes with colorful patterns. Their colorful showy flowers and borne in big terminal clusters. Deadhead flowers once spent to keep plants blooming vigorously.

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 or tropical rainy seasons. Members of the Patriot Series are better adapted to these conditions but they still grow better in areas that are milder and drier.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 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

    15"-24" / 38.1cm - 61.0cm

  • 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, 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

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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

    Single

  • 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