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Pelargonium
Family Geraniaceae
Name Pelargonium Spp.
Etymology
Pelargonium From Greek pelargos meaning stork, referring to the seed heads.

Pictures:
Rose Scented Pelargonium
Mint Scented Pelargonium
Zonal Pelargonium
  See also:  Ornamentals

Pelargonium, most often incorrectly refered to as Geranium, is a genus of shrubby plants that come mostly from South Africa. Most have scented leaves and a few a cultivated solely for their scent. The scent comes from tiny oil beads produced at the tips of hairs found on the surface of the leaves. Scented pelargoniums are useful planted beside paths ... anyone walking along the paths will inadvertedly brush against the leaves, releasing the scents.

 Rose Scented Pelargonium


Flower
Name Pelargonium graveolens
Common Names Rose Scented Pelargonium, Attar of Roses
Etymology
graveolens From Latin graveolens meaning strong smelling.

This pelargonium produces a scent reminiscent of rose petals when the surface of its leaves are gently rubbed. Crushing the leaves produces an entirely different scent that masks the soft rose scent.

 Mint Scented Pelargonium


Flower
Name Pelargonium tomentosum
Common Name Mint Scented Pelargonium

This sprawling pelargonium produces a strong peppermint scent when its leaves are rubbed against.



Flower

Flower

 Zonal Pelargonium


Pink
Name Pelargonium hortorum
Common Name Zonal Pelargonium

Zonal pelargoniums are bred for their flowers. A large variety of flower forms and colours are available today.



Pink

Red

Red

Red

Dark Pink

Dark Pink

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