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Fish Geranium, Horseshoe Geranium, Zonal Geranium
Pelargonium x hortorum 'Mrs. Pollock'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: x hortorum (hor-TOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Mrs. Pollock
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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:

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


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


Clayton, California

Pasadena, California

Redding, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Tallahassee, Florida

Hebron, Kentucky

Sparks, Nevada

Big Flats, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 2, 2011, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great leaf color, looks tri colors, green cream & some redish.


On May 11, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nice to use as a summer annual, but it, like most Pelargoniums is not winter-hardy in Zone 7.


On Jul 14, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Am posting a pic of my Zonal Geranium that I purchased this year. There was no info with it other than "Zonal Geranium", so I don't know what variety it is. What I can say is that it's an awesome plant, just huge & is half again the size of plant it is in this pic which was taken just a month ago. The leaves are green, edged in cream & the flowers are red. I purchased it in a standard white, plastic hanging basket & transplanted it into a large pot with good soil, cattle manure & I fertilize once a week with a water soluable fertilizer. It gets watered daily, twice daily if weather is very hot, humid and/or windy. It's so big, it would make a nice shrub in the ground & for a plant that was only $13.00, I am very pleased with it. I'm in a zone 6a/b garden & do my gardening in Southern Ontar... read more


On Jun 12, 2003, Mitsy from Redding, CA wrote:

This plant does very well in a pot, even in our hot, dry summer climate. The bright color of the leaves compete with any flower blooming alongside it. It weathers the stay indoors over the winter well, too.
I also have a seedling plant with the same variegated leaves, but the flowers are orange.