Mint-scented geranium

Pelargonium tomentosum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Mint-scented geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum)
pel-ar-GO-nee-um toe-men-TOE-sum
Genus:  Pelargonium
The velvety leaves of this choice species are pale green with long, silky hairs. The angora-like feel of the foliage is matched by its heavenly aroma of fresh mint. It bears clusters of dainty white blossoms in spring, but remains an exceptional foliage plant throughout the year.
Noteworthy Characteristics:   
Care:  Deadhead spent flowers consistently. Outdoors, grow in neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil and preferably full sun. In hot climates, provide mid-day shade; in cold climates, overwinter indoors and trim back by one-third and repot when grown resumes. Indoors, provide with light soil mix, good light and ventilation, and mid-day shade. Fertilize every two weeks during growth and water sparingly in winter.
Propagation:  Root softwood cuttings in spring, late summer or early fall; sow seed from late winter to early spring at 70°F.
Problems:  Spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, caterpillars, mildew, gray mold, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, edema.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual,
Indoor Plant
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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