I am now working on a pelargonium species world catalog which will contain information & pictures about different pelargonium species that are available to buy from the website and also which types grow best in hanging baskets,pots,window boxes or planted in the garden.
When completed you will be able to view it on the website and also as a free download so you can look though it when you would like.
I am also still working on the scented pelargonium species book and I have now written up to 40 pages, I still have two chapters to complete and the book should be available at the end of the year.
more info http://www.pelargoniumspeciesworld.com/page20.html
Scented pelargonium leaves can be used in cooking, baking, beverages,flavouring and also in icecream,meringues,liqueur, jellies and more.
Rubbing the leaves brings out the scented fragrance before it is used for your ingredients.
The flowers and leaves are edible and can be placed on top of
cakes & desserts,
Mint,Lemon & Rose scented leaves are the most popular in food flavouring but there are many more aromas to choose from.
Chopped leaves can be added to cakes,custard,milk pudding, sweet sauces and sorbet for flavouring.
They can also be used to add flavour to tea/iced tea or homemade lemonade or smoothes.
Pelargonium glutinosum is a large shrub which has strong balsam scented dark leaves and grows to 1m or more in height.
The flowers are pink and have a darker pink mark on the top petals.
It grows in wide areas of the western area of cape province.
It has just started flowering here in Crete a few weeks after the snowy weather.
P.triste was the first pelargonium to be taken to Europe around 1600 by the Dutch East India company to the gardens of Leiden in the Netherlands, now one of the oldest existing botanical gardens in the world.
Because of the tuberous roots this pelargonium could travel for long periods without much water.
It has green leaves which is similar to the leaves of the carrot plant.
The flowers are purple/brown or yellow and are only scented at night with a lovely fragrance which can fill up the room.
Pelargonium peltatum is a trailing plant with pink-purple flowers and ivy shaped fleshy light green leaves that has a dark green zone in the centre, the leaves have been used as antiseptic and blue dye.
It originates from Cape Province where there is rainful in the winter months and is flowering here in Crete just before christmas.
This plant would make an excellent plant for pots and hanging baskets.
A greater percentage of native Pelargonium species are found in South Africa.
Most of which are on the south west corner of south Africa, a region which has some rainfall during the winter months.
Approximately 20 Pelargoniums grow in East Africa and about 12 species grow in other areas of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, Turkey, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha.
Australia’s pelargonium species include the p. Littorale, a perennial herb which has pink flowers found in coastal areas, also p. Drummondii & p. Australe.
P. Inodorum is native to New Zealand and Australia,it has pale pink flowers which grows in woodland and in forests.
The two tropical Islands St Helena and Tristan da Cunha in the south Altantic ocean also have Pelargonium species :
P. Cotyledonis is native to St Helena a white flowered succulent, local name is “ Old father live forever”
P. Grossularioides is an aromatic herb with coconut scented leaves found in Tristan da Cunha and South Africa ( a few have also been found in India, Australia and also Syria). It has light pink to purple flowers and gooseberry colour stems.
P. Endlicherianum has large pink/purple flowers and grows in mountainous regions in south west Turkey, some have also been found in Syria and Iran.
P. Quercetorum are very tall plants with large pink flowers which grow in turkey and Iran.
P. Cayae is a native to South East Madagascar and has large heart shaped leaves and pink flowers.
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The Pelargonium species comprises of about 200 or more perennials, succulents and shrubs.
The Pelargonium species are equally as appealing as their cultivated varieties, zonals, regals and ivy leafed and can be captivating and intriguing plants. They are reasonably easy to grow and rarely have any problems with pests and diseases.
They have become more admired over the centuries because of their delightful perfumed flowers and aromatic scented leaves.They have also gained popularity in the production of aromatic oils and also medicinal properties.
Pelargoniums are generally known as Geraniums but were later classed as two individual groups in 1789 by Charles L Heritier. The word pelargonium is derived from t
he Greek word “pelargos” meaning stork because the seed head resembles that of a stork.
The first known pelargoniums to be cultivated in Europe was the P.triste, a tuberous rooted plant which could withstand long voyages by ship.
Thousands of cultivated varieties of pelargoniums selected for their desirable characteristics, were originally from a few native species which may still exist in South Africa to this day.
Pelargonium Species World is a Mother and Daughter family business which specializes in Species Pelargoniums situated in a mountainous area of Crete, Greece with the natural beauty of the fauna and Flora.
We are working together with nature and wildlife, all our plants are grown naturally in a natural environment with no chemicals, pesticides or fungicides.
All our seeds are fresh and are carefully picked by hand. Please visit my website at www.pelargoniumspeciesworld.com