Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual,
biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as
the cranesbills. It is found throughout the temperate regions
of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly
in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region. These attractive
flowers will grow in any soil as long as it is not waterlogged.
Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed, or
by division in autumn or spring.
Geraniums are popular plants due to their long
Other Names: Hardy Geranium, Cranesbill,
Perennial Geranium, Cranesbill Geranium,
Descriptions: The most of the commonly
grown geranium varieties are low growing, dense
carpet-like plants. The leaves may be rounded,
but more often they are serrated or lobed. The
geraniums flowers are usually small and cup shaped.
Size: Geraniums will grow 3" to 3.5
Symbolism: Geraniums symbolize preference
and friendship. Geraniums can also represent stupidity
Grow Details: Some geraniums are easy
to grow and tolerant while others are more challenging.
Soil Type: Well
Drained Moderately Rich Soil
Soil PH: PH 6.0 - 8.0
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Grow Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Height: Geraniums will grow 3"
to 3.5 feet tall.
Flower Colors: Pink, Blue, Indigo,
Violet, Red, White,
Propagation: Propagate by division
in fall or spring.
Division/Transplants: Divide in Fall
Blooming Period: Late Spring to Fall
Type: Annual, Biennual and Perennial
Herbal Remedy Properties: Essential oils
extracted from Geraniums makes a good astringent
and can be diluted with water and used topically
to help clean the face or in a bath, Geraniums
also has antiseptic properties and is said to
help restore the balance to dry or oily skin and
Native Area: Geraniums are native to the
Pyrenees Mountains, Himalayas, Southern Europe,
and eastern North American woodlands.
Other: The geranium is considered to be
safe for most people (those with an autoimmune
disease and those who are pregnant should avoid
it), Geranium can be used as an herb in cooking
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