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PlantFiles: Scented Geranium
Pelargonium capitatum 'Attar of Roses'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: capitatum (kap-ih-TAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Attar of Roses

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive careyjane On Apr 22, 2005, careyjane from Rabat
Morocco wrote:

I have only recently discovered the advantages of this plant! I use it a lot in public gardens as it really resists most ills, and seems to thrive on neglect, while still adding colour to the garden. Here in Morocco, we have a huge problem in maintaining public parks -- the resources just aren't allocated (but I guess there are so many other priorities).

Neutral claude27 On Jun 5, 2004, claude27 from Mozier, IL wrote:

i guest started to growing this plant this yr i have a small green house and growing by hydroponic so it is a new venture for me so i will fill in after this yr


Positive RichSwanner On Jan 21, 2004, RichSwanner from Citrus Heights, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

A tender yet tough Geranium. Beautiful small flowers,less prone to spotting on the petals.Flowers stay a week or more.foliage always looks full and healthy even in the cold.

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

The scent of this cultivar is almost identical in chemical composition to the true Attar of Roses, meaning it is easy to incorporate the aroma without paying the exhorbitant price for the essential oil.


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

Ceres, California
Citrus Heights, California
Northridge, California
Rumsey, California
Kissimmee, Florida
Buckley, Washington

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