pelargonium elongatum

Pelargonium elongatum is now flowering, but I have recently discovered that flowers now have a blush of pink on the upper & lower petals (it usually is cream coloured). I don’t know if a new hybrid has been created or that it has appeared naturally.
though the leaves appear the same and we have had this plant a few years, the flowers have always been cream coloured until now. Very Strange

Pelargoniums in American history

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Early colonists from Britain brought pelargoniums with them to the United States which were used to flavour cakes, syrups and potpourri.
A popular pelargonium at the time was the “true rose” which was a hybrid of P. graveolens.
Thomas Jefferson minister of France and third President of the United States of America sent pelargonium seeds to the botanist John Bartram in 1760 who grew them in his botanical gardens in
Philadelphia, known as Bartram’s gardens now the oldest botanical gardens in North America- more info athttps://bartramsgarden.org/history/
Thomas Jefferson himself was said to have grown them in the presidential house from 1801-1809.
After this time pelargoniums became increasingly popular in the United States.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the earliest responsible for creating the declaration of independence after the rejection of the British monarchy/aristocracy & the American revolution.

pelargoniums in Spring

As we are coming into Spring a few of the Pelargoniums are now starting to flower especially the P. quercifolium, P.quercifolium, and p.odoratissimum followed by many others which will soon start to bloom. Here in Crete we have had lovely weather this year encouraging the plants to flower earlier.

pelargonium salmoneum

pelargonium salmoneum has brightly coloured salmon pink flowers which are now flowering well in the garden, it grows to about 5ft 1.5m and has semi succulent stems, the thick green leaves fold upwards.
It originates from the Eastern Cape province.
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Pelargonium radens

We have had nice weather here in Crete the past week and I have been clearing the garden and planting seeds.
The Pelargonium radens is flowering well and is full of pale pink flowers, this plant is a few years old now and has taken a liking to growing inside the large succulent.

 

 

Pelargoniums worldwide

A greater percentage of native Pelargonium species are found in South Africa.

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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.

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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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Pelargonium Species


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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 “pelargospineapple p flower water mark websmall” 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