Pelargonium quercifolium (Oak-leaved Geranium)

Scientific Name

Pelargonium quercifolium (L. f.) L'Hér.

Common Names

Oak-leaved Geranium, Almond-scented Geranium, Village Oak Geranium, Oak-leaf Pelargonium, Oak-leaf Geranium, Oak Geranium

Synonyms

Geraniospermum quercifolium, Geranium quercifolium

Scientific Classification

Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Pelargonium

Flower

Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring to summer

Description

Pelargonium quercifolium is a densely branching shrub up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall. The stems are soft and coated in green hairs when young and become woody with age. The glandular, sticky, aromatic leaves are divided into 5 or 7 stiff, coarsely toothed lobes. The inflorescence is an umbel of up to 10 flowers with 5 petals up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The flowers are pink with darker pink markings.

Pelargonium quercifolium (Oak-leaved Geranium)
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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Work organic compost into high-quality container potting soil that contains ingredients such as peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. Use this soil mixture to fill pots for your Pelargoniums. Good drainage is essential, so choose containers with adequate drainage holes. If your plants are already in pots, spread organic compost lightly on the soil surface and work in, taking care not to dig up the plant's roots.

Choose locations getting direct sun for most Pelargoniums. They need at least 6 hours of sun daily. All Pelargoniums need afternoon shade if your area regularly sees summer temperatures exceeding 90 °F (32 °C).

Feed your Pelargoniums every 2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Buy fertilizer that dissolves in water for easier application. Every third watering, add Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) to the plant water (1 teaspoon per 1 gallon) to provide magnesium. Or, add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil mix when you plant Pelargoniums in the pot, it feeds them all season… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Pelargonium

Origin

Pelargonium quercifolium is native to South Africa.

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