Gooseberry-leaved Geranium
Pelargonium grossularioides 'Coconut'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: grossularioides (gross-yoo-lar-ee-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Coconut
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Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Aromatic

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Phoenix, Arizona

Akron, Ohio

San Antonio, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

I'm in zone 10 so this only applies to frost free gardens. This is one of my favorite plants. I plant it where it will get touched or knocked, for the pleasure of the scent. It has a handsome shape while young, growing in a dome . The flowers are held high above the plant and at about the same time it will start to send out runners and spread quite vigorously. Runners can of course be detatched to increase the number of plants. By trial and error I've found I prefer to cut it back hard at this stage and let it come again in its original shape.
Occasionally the plants die but it self seeds so freely that I always have replacements ready.

Neutral

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

Smells just like coconut.