Scented pelargonium

Pelargonium tomentosum

Scented pelargonium - Pelargonium tomentosum

Common Name: Scented pelargonium
Genus: Pelargonium
Species: tomentosum

Category: Non Hardy Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, VariegatedFlowering Period: May to November

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


Grown mainly for the large leaves which have a super-soft and velvety texture which is irrisitable to the touch - and when you do they emit a strong peppermint scent. It is a wonderful addition to sensory gardens, windowboxes and potted displays or anywhere else you might brush up against them. The white flowers which appear throughout summer and autumn are also pretty.

Garden care: As soon as you receive the plants you will need to pot them up into larger pots straight away. Water when necessary but let the soil get reasonably dry in between to avoid overly wet conditions. If you want more flowers then feed your plants once a week with a weak solution of a potash-rich liquid fertiliser such as Tomorite. Deadheading the spent flowers will also encourage more to form.


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