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Pelargonium peltatum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: peltatum (pel-TAY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Pelargonium lateripes

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By grafting
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bloomfly22 On Dec 28, 2011, Bloomfly22 from Palmdale, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lovely plants. I had a red-flowered one that I treated as an annual, but beautiful none-the-less. I plan on getting several this spring, and overwintering them in my newly purchases greenhouse.

Positive annlof On Jan 17, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

These plants are a landscaping staple in Southern California. I've seen them climbing up to eight feet through other shrubs. Ivies have lighter green foliage than the zonal types and come with single and double flowers. The single varieties are more vigorous. In cool maritime climates, ivies bloom best in the sun, but they are quite shade-tolerant -- I have one plant which blooms reliably with only 2-3 hours of sun a day. Because the leaves are semi-succulent, they're pretty drought-tolerant too but bloom best with regular water.

Positive angelam On May 22, 2004, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

These plants are only annuals in areas with frosts. I have plants that are over 10years old rambling through a high hedge. They are good climbers but don't smother the hedge as ivy would. They flower all year round though with an obvious peak in late Spring/early Summer. They need no particular care and get cut back with the electric shears along with the hedge. If not pruned this brutally they will grow more densely and grow rapidly. The best use I've seen of them is concealing an old retaining wall. The spectacular flowering when many plants are starting to look stressed from the Summer heat turned an eyesore into a show-stopper.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 19, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Ivy-leaf geraniums come in as many varieties as the more common zonal-geraniums. Many are variegated, many of the flowers are bi-colored or tri-colored.

Propagation is very easy, but pelargoniums are susceptible to many diseases, so extreme care should be taken to maintain sterile conditions until the new plant is well-established. Named cultivars will not come true from seed; they must be propagated vegetatively.


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

Camarillo, California
Castro Valley, California
Encinitas, California
Fullerton, California
Hayward, California
Highland, California
Merced, California
Oceanside, California
Tulare, California
West Covina, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Jacksonville, Illinois
Ottawa, Kansas
Frankfort, Kentucky
South Shore, Kentucky
Bellmore, New York
Ashland, Ohio
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Linville, Virginia
Brady, Washington
Fircrest, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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