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Pelargonium x fragrans
(hardy in zones 10-11+)
Small dainty plant with a spicy nutmeg scent. Spreading variety with delicate white blossoms with red streaked upper petals. This variety belongs to a group of geraniums hybridized in Europe from original species sourced from South Africa in the 17th and 18th century by naturalists hoping to discover new sources of food and medicine. The French later discovered its commercial potential through its fragrant essential oils and are still adored today for their pleasing aromas and stunning blossoms. Geraniums love the sun and dry, well-drained, rich, loamy and slightly acidic soil. Soil must drain quickly while retaining moisture. Therefore, instead of standard potting mix, plant in a soil-less mix of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, shredded bark and sand. Subject to root rot if overwatered. Prune back up to half the foliage in late winter or early spring to encourage a denser bushy growth while preventing woody and leggy stems. Height 12-18 inches.
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