Scented Geranium 'Old Fashioned Rose'

Pelargonium graveolens

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: graveolens (grav-ee-OH-lens) (Info)
Cultivar: Old Fashioned Rose
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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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


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

Braselton, Georgia

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Lexington, South Carolina

Belton, Texas

Dallas, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 24, 2010, madgrace from Hershey, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is easy to propagate by tip cuttings. We bring ours inside for the winter. Out of direct sunlight, it can get leggy. Ours survived a fairly heavy pruning and put out new growth within weeks. The scent is wonderful and the flowers are dainty pink with small dark purple streaks coming from the center.


On Nov 11, 2008, Speckled_Hen from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this plant. It's the one plant I've carried with me for years, from place to place, and over long distance. It is tough, yet delicate-looking, and what a wonderful scent. Here in Zone 8b, I've been able to winter mine outside on my deck for two winters now with no problem - I just cover it when there is danger of frost and it comes through just beautifully. The flowers are not much at all but the leaves and the scent more than make up for the lack of exciting bloom on this plant. I put the leaves in a saucepan of water and turn it to low to make a rose-scented simmering potpourri that delicately scents the entire house.


On May 19, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I recently got this plant. So far so good as it seems healthy and pretty worry-free. The tiny flowers aren't much to look at but the fragrance is UNBELIEVABLE!! I absolutely love this geranium.


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

This variety grows bigger than most; plan accordingly when siting it. The leaves are very fragrant.