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Pelargonium x domesticum 'Elegance Purple Bicolor'

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: x domesticum (doh-MESS-tik-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Elegance Purple Bicolor

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive glendalekid On Jan 26, 2010, glendalekid from Tuscaloosa, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

When I was growing up in La Crescenta CA, my mother grew these on the west and south sides of the house. They grew 4-5 feet tall and did not die down or die back in the winter. They bloomed profusely nearly year round in very sandy soil, no fertilizer, no dead-heading, and no pruning. She had at least 6-8 different colors and over a dozen plants. In those days, they were never purchased from a nursery but grown from cuttings taken from friends' plants. They are extremely easy to start from cuttings by rooting in water.

Neutral CestrumParqui On Jul 20, 2006, CestrumParqui from El Segundo, CA wrote:

Purple isn't as blue as I was hoping for...purple often means reddish

I understand that people have successfully grown Pelargoniums indoors...

I have plant lights and the plant is very close to the front door which I keep open...El Segundo is near the ocean and is breezy and cooler than most people's homes...

Positive hanna1 On Oct 26, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Beautifull bicolor, purple/white, 6-8 weeks of blooms, enjoys cool, bright location, can be used in hanging baskets, sensitive to overwatering, likes good porous soil.


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

Castro Valley, California
Hidden Meadows, California
La Crescenta, California
San Diego, California
Simi Valley, California
Dubuque, Iowa
Thompson Falls, Montana
Franklin Park, New Jersey

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