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PlantFiles: Night Scented Pelargonium
Pelargonium triste

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: triste (TRIS-tee) (Info)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Martynt On Dec 24, 2012, Martynt from Truro
United Kingdom wrote:

I am in zone 9B and mine came into flower in early December, it previously has always flowered in March-April.
Here it flowers after leaves have developed. It is in a cool greenhouse. SW. UK.

Positive AnalogDog On Sep 1, 2010, AnalogDog from Mountlake Terrace, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Also a beautiful caudex.

Positive begoniacrazii On Jun 12, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have found that it is hardier than mentioned here. Mine survived unprotected with temperatures in the mid 20's with no ill effect. Sweet and unique Pel to grow. Additionally, per the description on her web - this species is night scented and summer dormant. Mine has proven itself evergreen in zone 9b and I don't detect much fragrance.

Positive palmbob On Mar 4, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small, deciduous succulent species with thick stems and fine, lacy leaves. Flowers on tall stalks and not that showy- occur when leaves lost. Very drought tolerant. Excellent bonsai species.


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

Calistoga, California

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