This exemplary species has felted, gray, crinkled leaves. Over a long period, it exhibits sprays of butterfly-shaped, rich wine-red flowers, which contrast dramatically with the foliage. Its small stature makes it a perfect candidate for a container or a walkway edge. It has been used medicinally for the treatment of various infections, including bronchitis. It is a native of Africa.
CareDeadhead spent flowers consistently. Outdoors, grow in neutral to alkaline well-drained soil and preferably full sun. In hot climates, provide midday shade; in cold climates, overwinter indoors and trim back by one-third and repot when growth resumes. Indoors, provide with light soil mix, good light and ventilation, and midday 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, 11, 9
- Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Fall, Spring, Summer
- Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
- Light : Full Sun
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Red
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest