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Pelargonium capitatum

rose-scented geranium

P. capitatum is a bushy sub-shrub, to 60cm in height, with softly-hairy, rose-scented, lobed leaves and clusters of pink, white or pale purple flowers, 2-3cm across, in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Pink White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Geraniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
South Africa

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in neutral or alkaline, well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Deadhead regularly. Lift outdoor plants and keep in frost free well lit conditions over winter. See also pelargonium cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring, late summer and autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Remove spent flowers and trim as required

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse whitefly, caterpillars, glasshouse leafhopper, aphids, vine weevil and root mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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