}

June 2, 2011

Unusual Pelargoniums

A HYBRID THAT LOOKS LIKE A SPECIES, PELARGONIUM 'SPLENDIDE'. IT'S FUZZY PADDLE SHAPED LEAVES ONLY EMERGE IN THE SUMMER, THIS ONE IS DORMANT ALL WINTER.
A fun fact for new gardeners, is that the "common" geranium, the red ones we see planted at Memorial Day are actually not true Geraniums at all ( you pro's know that, but newbies will find this an interesting fact). Red Geraniums are botanically organized by taxonomists within the genus Pelargonium, and to make matters more confusing, the genus Geranium, is a completely different genus.


 Today's daily awesome includes both, some true Geraniums and true Pelargonium species, and see just how different ( or similar) they can be. Confused yet? Don't worry, they are all wonderful plants.


YOUV'E SEEN THIS ONE BEFORE AS I'VE BEEN POSTING THE PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THIS GIANT TRUE GERANIUM, G. MADERENSE ALBA. IT'S HAIRY STEMS CAPTURE THE SUNLIGHT IN THE EVENING, AS SEEDPODS FORM, ON THIS IMPRESSIVE PLANT WHICH IS TALLER THAN I AM.

THESE  LST TWO ARE BOTH MYSTERY PELARGONIUMS (LOST LABELS!) , ONE HAS CARMINE FLOWERS, AND IT'S ANOTHER SPECIES THAT GOES DORMANT IN THE WINTER. THE SECOND ONE BELOW IS JUST COMING INTO GROWTH, STARTING WITH A BUD.

1 comment :

  1. I have a pelargonium "bontrosai"
    it looks like a bonsai tree and it smells like lemons
    I don't think it flowers though...

    ReplyDelete

Oh yes, do leave me a comment!