Pelargonium Species, Scented Geranium

Pelargonium graveolens

Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pelargonium (pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (Info)
Species: graveolens (grav-ee-OH-lens) (Info)
Synonym:Geranium graveolens
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

Light Green

Medium Green


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

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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:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Amesti, California

Atascadero, California

Chula Vista, California

Corralitos, California

Elkhorn, California

Fontana, California

Interlaken, California

Los Angeles, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Pajaro, California

Simi Valley, California

Spring Valley, California

Watsonville, California

Brandon, Florida

Deland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Ashland, Ohio

Conroe, Texas

Houston, Texas

Springfield, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 19, 2012, Daddysbug from Conroe, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I received a piece of this plant that was being removed from our Master Gardener beds in Montgomery County Texas. The sad little piece was placed in a bed where I put my orphan plants. Today, it's thriving and it must be cut back soon before it overtakes other plants. The unusual leaves give much contrast to any place it grows.


On Jan 22, 2005, Bloomatis from Arlington, TX wrote:

I received a cutting for free from a local nursery. Ever since the roots developed, the plant has really taken off. At least one new leaf a week. Im overwintering right now without a hitch, and water once approx every two weeks or so. Believe it or not, the citronela scent deters mesquitos. Try it yourself and see!


On Mar 14, 2004, phoenix52n wrote:

I love Geraniums. My favorite part is when they get too leggy. I cut a piece off, and stick it in the ground somewhere else, and then I have another. This has been going on for a while, so I'm surrounded by them - All different kinds.

My favorite seems to be the citronella frangranced one by the door. It keeps bugs away from the house, and it gives off a hint of scent every time someone passes.


On Aug 4, 2003, gilles wrote:

I had a cut of this plant in Tunisia last march, which I planted in Paris (France). The plant has grown well and is now some 60 cm high. Scent and leaves are gorgeous, and I will endeavour to develop other pots out of the first plant.


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

Most of the P. graveolens species are in the rose-scented group. The foliage is very attractive, flowering is rare due to the presence of viruses. As tissue-propagation becomes more widely used as a source for pelargoniums, virus-laden stock is dwindling, making flowering more common, a very nice bonus.

Pelargoniums grown from seed will not come true to a named cultivar, and scent will vary.


On Dec 16, 2002, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

There are many, many varieties of scented geranium--with many shapes, textures, and shades of leaf--and many different scents. Blooms are varied, as well, and, although a person wouldn't be likely to grow s.g.'s for their blooms, the blooms are often a nice bonus and sometimes remain for many weeks. These geraniums, like most pelargoniums, pretty much insist upon warm weather, but they can be brought inside in the winter and will do quite well in a sunny location indoors (although they probably won't grow nearly as fast as they do outdoors). They also
can be propagated from cuttings with a fair rate of success.