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PlantFiles: Three-colored Geranium
Pelargonium tricolor

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: tricolor (TRY-kull-lur) (Info)

Synonym:Pelargonium violareum

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Paynesnorth On Dec 31, 2005, Paynesnorth from Santa Fe, NM (Zone 5b) wrote:

A strange old cultivar, worth growing for its yellow, green, and reddish-zoned scalloped leaves alone, but hard to keep compact. The flowers are singles, bright reddish-orange, in smallish clusters, and rather sparse but then, for me the plant has always been rather sparse in appearance. I've been experimenting with a high phosphorous fertilizer to see if it would stimulate more flowers, so far with little success. I understand from the RHS website that this plant is now considered to be a cultivar, not a species; to whit, Pelargonium 'Splendide'. Certainly not out of place in a Victorian period garden. Rating: Guardedly positive, if you like weird plants as I do.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Anselmo, California
Poplarville, Mississippi
Penhook, Virginia

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