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Mint-scented geranium

Pelargonium tomentosum

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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 

CareDeadhead 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.

PropagationRoot softwood cuttings in spring, late summer or early fall; sow seed from late winter to early spring at 70°F.

ProblemsSpider mites, thrips, mealybugs, caterpillars, mildew, gray mold, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, edema.

  • Genus : Pelargonium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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