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Almond Geranium
Pelargonium quercifolium 'Pretty Polly'
Uses: Aromatic Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 10-11+)
Pungent, resinous and nutty aroma, which may resemble almonds and vibrant pink flowers. Has a compact, mounded growth habit, this is an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets. Like most geraniums, this variety was introduced to Europe in the 17th and 18th century by sailors returning from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. These exotic plants were collected 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. 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. Ht 12-24 inches.
P2840-030 Plants $4.75/ea, $11.40/3 plants, $36.00/12 plants
Currency: United States Dollar

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