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Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ (Geranium, Scented geranium)

Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Brown


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ pel-ar-GO-nee-um Common Name: Geranium, Scented geranium Genus: Pelargonium
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 characteristics: Rose fragrance, mauve flowers. Excellent in containers.
Care: Grow 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.
Propagation: Sow seed at 70°F in late winter or early spring, or take softwood cuttings in spring, late summer, or early fall.
Problems: Thrips, 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.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Pathways, Suitable as Annual
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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