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Common Name: Ivy Geranium, Hanging Geranium
Botanical Name: Pelargonium peltatum (pel-ar-GON-e-um pel-TA-tum)
Decorative Life: Weeks to months depending on the environment.
Post Harvest Care
- Leaves may exhibit oedema, a disorder characterized by small bumps (pimples) on leaves that can take on a corky appearance. Thought to be caused by excessive water and/or humidity imbalances.
- Member of the Geraniaceae (geranium family). Its only common relatives are other Pelargonium species and Geranium (cranesbill) species, of which there are many.
- Native of South Africa.
- Has 5-10 1-inch flowers in rounded clusters at stem ends.
- Stems trailing, leaves succulent, glossy, 2-3 inches across, with pointed lobes, good for hanging baskets.
- No flower fragrance.
Flower Color: Mostly red, lilac, white and bicolors.
- Common "geraniums" are mostly in the genus Pelargonium whereas there is a genus called Geranium that contains many wild species.
- The specific epithet name "peltatum" means shield-shaped, in reference to its leaves. Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include 'Global Neon Cherry', (red) 'Global Ruby Red' and 'Tornado' (carmine, cherry red, lilac).
- From the Greek "pelargos" (stork) named for the beak of the fruit looking like that of a stork.
- Do best in a filtered shade patio setting, as interior conditions often do not offer sufficient light.