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Geranium

Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’

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Rose-scented leaves and clusters of pale pink flowers adorn this trailing geranium. Grow in a location where the foliage can be touched and, thus, the scent released.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsRose fragrance, mauve flowers. Excellent in containers.

CareGrow in full sun, but provide afternoon shade when temperatures rise above 90°F. It will not tolerate poorly drained soils. In containers, ensure both moisture and excellent drainage by using a good potting mix. Use a timed-released fertilizer in the soil or an all-purpose liquid fertilizer when you water. Pelargoniums like magnesium, and a teaspoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) added to each gallon of fertilizer solution every few waterings will adequately supply this nutrient. As with plants in the ground, place containers in full sun, but move into afternoon shade during very hot weather.

PropagationSow seed at 70°F in late winter or early spring, or take softwood cuttings in spring, late summer, or early fall.

ProblemsThrips, spider mites, mealy bugs, caterpillars, gray mold, mildew, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, and edema are common. Aphids and whiteflies can occur, especially on indoor plants.

  • Genus : Pelargonium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers, Pathways
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. lisawilliamsjones 04/01/2017

    It looks like Dusty Miller

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