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Pelargonium 'Citronella' (Sc)

geranium 'Citronella'

'Citronella' is an evergreen, branching shrub to 1.5m with small, rounded, toothed-edged leaves with a strong, lemon scent. Small clusters of pinkish-purple flowers may be produced in spring, summer or autumn

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 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 Pink Purple Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn Pink Purple 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

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Scented-leaved pelargoniums are evergreen shrubs or perennials with strongly aromatic foliage and small, single flowers in shades of pink, purple or white

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in neutral or alkaline, well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Lift outdoor plants, or take cuttings, 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
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Remove spent flowers and trim as required

Pests

Can get glasshouse whitefly, caterpillars, glasshouse leafhopper, aphids, vine weevil and root mealybugs

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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