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Pelargonium odoratissimum (Apple Geranium)

Apple Geranium, Nutmeg Geranium, Sweet-Scented Pelargonium, Peppermint Pelargonium, Apple-Scented Geranium, Apple-Rose-Scented Geranium

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Pelargonium odoratissimum, Apple Geranium, Nutmeg Geranium, evergreen perennial, evergreen shrub, White flowers, White Pelargonium

Very aromatic, award-winning Pelargonium odoratissimum (Apple Geranium) is a low-growing evergreen tender perennial with a short main stem and trailing flowering branches. They are clothed with rounded, apple-scented, light green leaves, up to 2 in. across (5 cm). The leaves are covered with fine short hairs making them soft to the touch. Blooming from spring to summer (throughout the year except for midsummer in its native environment), small star-shaped white flowers are produced in clusters above the fragrant foliage. Their two upper petals are adorned with red veins. Perfect for containers and small spaces, Apple Geranium can be grown successfully indoors too.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 10-12 in. tall (20-30 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in fertile, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Afternoon shade is appreciated in hot climates. Provide good ventilation, and water moderately during the growing season from spring to summer, and only sparingly in winter. Drought tolerant, once established.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or containers.
  • Keep an eye out for vine weevil larvae, leafhopper, root mealybugs, whitefly, gray molds, pelargonium rust, and leafy gall.
  • Deadhead and remove yellowing leaves. Propagate by seed, sown in late winter and grown in a protected environment such as a heated greenhouse, or by softwood cuttings from spring to autumn.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to South Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geraniaceae
Genus Pelargonium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Pelargonium x domesticum (Regal Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Mrs Quilter’ (Zonal Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Grace Thomas’ (Scented Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ (Scented Geranium)
Pelargonium tomentosum (Peppermint Geranium)
Pelargonium peltatum ‘Cascade White’ (Ivy Geranium)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geraniaceae
Genus Pelargonium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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