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Rose Geranium

Pelargonium graveolens

Rose scented Pelargonium, Sweet-scented Geranium, Roosmalva (Afr.), Wildemalva (Afr.)

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Pelargonium graveolens with its strongly rose-scented leaves and pinkish white flowers is an interesting addition to the mixed border. Plant in a rockery where it can scramble over rocks. Rose geranium is grown mostly for its ornamental purposes and its oil. This vigorous bush shrub releases a rose-like sent when rubbing the leaves.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

For culinary use, leaves and flowers can be harvested throughout the growing season. For oil production the leaves and young shoots are harvested 3 to 4 times per year from 6 months after planting.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in later winter or early spring.
Cuttings
Take softwood cuttings in spring, late summer and early autumn.

Special features

Pot plant
Good container plant if placed in semi shaded position.
Attracts useful insects
Bees feed on the flowers.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Limpopo, South Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Leaves and flowers are edible, but leaves have more powerful fragrance and used in flavouring baking.
Insect repellant
Mosquitoes, flies and horseflies can't bear the smell of any scented geraniums, rub the leaves and sprigs onto counter tops and windowsills, over blankets and pillows to keep these pests away.

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
, Purples, Pink
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to whitefly and aphids. Spray with organic insecticides to control and encourage beneficial predators like lady bugs.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

Companion plants

Plant next to cabbages to repel the white cabbage butterfly. Edge your vegetable garden with any of the scented geramiums, their wonderful scent will lure insects away from the fruit and vegetables.
Cabbage
Cabbage
Brassica oleracea var. capitata

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