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Geraniums

Geraniums
Category
Flowers
Plant Type
Annual
Binomial Name
Geranium
Light
Full Sun

Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as the cranesbills.

Most garden 'geraniums' are in fact 'pelargoniums' (storksbill), as opposed to true geraniums (cranesbill). Gardeners sometimes refer to the members of Genus Pelargonium as "pelargoniums" in order to avoid the confusion, but the older common name "geranium" is still in regular use, e.g. 'scented geranium'.

There is a great deal of variety in the geranium genus, but most of the commonly grown varieties are low growing, dense carpet-like plants. The leaves may be rounded, but more often they are serrated or lobed and quite attractive.

Geraniums are wonderful when allowed to spill over edges and rock walls. They are traditionally planted under roses, to camouflage rose knees and complement the roses in color. But they look equally good paired with contrasting textures, like spiky iris or billowy astilbe.

Plant Variations
Red Geraniums