Scented Geraniums - Scented Geranium Plants

Pelargonium spp.

Scented geraniums. Cultivating Pelargoniums. Pelargonium graveolens, crispum and odoratissimum info and uses. Apple, rose and lemon scented geranium plants.

Scented geranium plant growing in a clay pot.

Quite different from other members of the genus Pelargonium, scented leaf geraniums plants are mainly grown for the perfume they emit whenever their foliage is disturbed.

The flowers are usually not the main attraction with these mostly indoor geraniums.

There are about 200 varieties in cultivation which you will not find at your local garden center. You can mail order scented Pelargoniums or buy them on line.

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Pelargonium graveolens

The rose scented geranium features large leaves consisting of 3 deeply toothed lobes. They are bright green, lacy in texture and white at the edges.

The fragrance of geranium Pelargonium graveolens is mild. There are other rose geraniums with a stronger rose scent.

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Cymbopogon martini staph

  • 100% pure essential oil.
  • Sweet rosy scent mingled with a delicate minty fragrance.
  • External use only.

Native to South Africa, rose geranium is now grown throughout the world with over 600 different varieties. It is a perennial plant that grows to about two or three feet high and has faint pink flowers.

For Aromatherapy

  • Add to a terra cotta perfume ring for a wonderful scent in the house.
  • Create custom potpourri, sachet or soaps.
  • Freshen artificial flowers.

For Herbal Remedy - Due to its cleansing properties, Rose Geranium Essential Oil can be added to facial soaps, lotions, and shampoos to stimulate and refresh. Sometimes it is used to create a skin salve, or is added to a bath to ease stress. Blends well with jasmine, orange or lavender essential oils.

External use only

Pelargonium crispum

The lemon scented Pelargoniums are upright growing shrubs. 'Golden Lemon Crispum' features yellow-edged leaves.

'Minor' has small leaves which are sometimes floated in finger bowls to scent the water. It bears white blooms with a purple throat.

The tiny leaves of 'Prince Rupert Variegated' are edged in white. Its flowers open white and fade to pink.

These three variegated leaf geraniums bloom reliably.

Pelargonium odoratissimum

Sometimes Mispelled Pelargonium odorantissimum

Apple geraniums are early bloomers. Their pure white flowers appear before those of any other geraniums plant in the spring.

Pelargonium tomentosum

Peppermint scented with short, matted hairs covering its leaves, tomentosums are good landscaping geraniums.

They can be planted for ground cover in semi-shady, moist areas with well draining soil. They can also be grown in pots.

The peppermint-scented leaves can be used to line a cake pan before baking a chocolate cake.

How to Collect Seeds Pelargonium Geranium

Pelargonium seeds will fly away in the wind if you wait too long to remove them from the plants.

Cut the seedheads from the plants as they begin to dry and complete the drying process indoors.

Scented geranium seed that is left on the plants will often sprout on its own and provide you with volunteers.

How to Care for Indoor Geraniums

These tender perennial geraniums are well suited to pot culture. They enjoy having their roots a little crowded.

When growing geraniums indoors, give them warmth, direct sunlight and fast draining soil. Like most herbs, they prefer to be kept on the dry side and slightly underfed. Too much fertilizer will reduce their fragrance.

Scented Pelargonium Uses

The plant is used in the making of perfumes. The dried leaves can be used in sachets and potpourri.

Graveolens Pelargonium (rose scented) is used in aromatherapy for facial steams due to its anti-aging effect on the skin.

The essential oil is also reputed to be mildly sedative and to lift low spirits.

The fresh leaves of geraniums (scented) can be chopped and added to fruit salads or tea cakes. They can be simmered in sweet syrup or milk to extract their flavors.

The fresh or dried leaves can be used to make flavorful herbal teas.

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This is one of the most popular scented geraniums as it repels dangerous and annoying insects. Its citronella fragrance is pleasant to people but mosquitoes hate it.

Pruning Geraniums
Propagating and pruning geraniums. How to propagate, pinch and prune geraniums. Propagate geraniums from seeds. Cutting back and rooting geraniums.

Pelargonium Domesticum
Pelargonium domesticum, regal or Martha Washington Geraniums. Sometimes called Lady Washington regal Pelargoniums.

Lemon Balm Plant
Melissa officinalis The bright green, aromatic leaves of the lemon balm plant will add flavor to your garden and your table.

Ivy Geraniums
Ivy geraniums. Climbing, ivy leaf geraniums. Best container gardening geraniums. Pelargonium peltatum. Tips for growing potted, ivy leaved, hanging geraniums.

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Growing geraniums. How to grow and care for geraniums in the garden. Planting geraniums in containers. About the care of all types of geraniums.

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