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PlantFiles: Sorrel Geranium
Pelargonium acetosum

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: acetosum (a-SET-oh-sum) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

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 woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dave_in_Devon On Jul 12, 2005, Dave_in_Devon from Torquay
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a marvellous, somewhat sprawling species with attractive, blue-green leaves that have more than a passing resemblance to those of Gingko, albeit not as lobed. Here on the far south west coast of England, it can be trained against a low wall, allowed to tumble down a dry sunny bank or grown in a hanging container. Given a sunny spot it carries its palest coral, spidery flowers almost throughout the year. If you are into 'in your face', 'over the top' plants with large gaudy flowers this is not for you, but it has a gentle charm and the sheer numbers of flowers can make it quite spectacular in summer. It can withstand very light, short-lived frosts, but only if grown in sharply drained soils. Definitely a 9b. plant.

Positive philomel On Nov 11, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This Pelargonium is a sub shrub with brittle stems and dainty flowers. It likes dry, well drained conditions and in a sunny spot will flower for a very long time. It is ideal for a large container, which can be moved to shelter in adverse conditions. This is a South African native and is not frost hardy

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