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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

العطرة،إبرة الراعي الليموني

Latin Name

Pelargonium crispum , Geraniaceae

English Name

Lemon-Scented Geranium

In South Africa’s Cape Province, it is possible to find Lemon Geraniums growing wild in scrub vegetation or light woodland. It is considered a sub-shrub for its herbaceous branches sprouting from a woody base to some 90 cm in height. Nevertheless, these upright bushes are also grown as annual plants in pots or beddings for combining attractive pink flowers with a pleasant fragrance. The crinkled foliage grows very dense so that plants are easily formed in any shape desired. The specific name refers to the texture of its foliage, since crispum means curly. When touched, the glandular, evergreen leaves release a strong lemon scent. They are cordate in shape and fresh green. In Arriyadh’s climate, where it makes a good garden plant, it should be protected from full sun and drying winds. Short dry periods are tolerated, but this species does better with frequent watering in well-drained soil. To guarantee appropriate moisture and allow aeration at the same time, the ground is best improved by adding compost and perlite. All-purpose fertiliser can be applied frequently. Lemon Geraniums do not take frost, extreme heat is best endured in semi-shade locations. Plants stressed by adverse growing conditions are sometimes infested by spider mites or mildew. Propagation by seed is started in late winter, while softwood cuttings may be planted in late summer. The main flowering period is spring to early summer. Some varieties have been selected with more showy flowers and another cultivar, ‘Variegatum’, features leaves with ivory margins.

General information

Family Name : Geraniaceae
Origin: Mediterranean , Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Very Humid , Semi Humid
Propagation: Cuttings , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: High

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: Medium
Salinity: Moderate < 3,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: 0°C

Plant shape

Height: From 0.4 To 1 M
Expansion: From 0.6 To 1.4 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: Violet Soft , Lilac Soft
Flowering Period: From Early March Till Late June
Smell: Sweet , Scented , Leaf

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Achene
Size: 0.5 CM

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Undergrowth , Container Planting , Park Planting , Private Garden , Roof Garden , Wadi Farm Garden , Edging Plants

Other choices :

Ground Cover , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Good Scent , Attractive Flower , Seasonal Display

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