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Staghorn Oak Geranium
Pelargonium quercifolium
Uses: Aromatic Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 10-11+)
Named for the Oak leaf appearance of its pungent leaves which develop purple veins upon maturity. Prostrate habit and suitable for hanging baskets, pots and mass plantings. Produces eye catching pink flowers. Like most geraniums, this variety was introduced to Europe in the 17th and 18th century by sailors returning from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. These exotic plants were collected by naturalists hoping to discover new sources of food and medicine. The French later discovered its commercial potential through its fragrant essential oils and are still adored today for their pleasing aromas and stunning blossoms. Geraniums love the sun and dry, well-drained, rich, loamy and slightly acidic soil. Soil must drain quickly while retaining moisture. Therefore, instead of standard potting mix, plant in a soil-less mix of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, shredded bark and sand. Prune back up to half the foliage in late winter or early spring to encourage a denser bushy growth while preventing woody and leggy stems. Suitable for hanging baskets. Height 1m.
P2840-830 Plants $4.75/ea, $11.40/3 plants, $36.00/12 plants
Currency: United States Dollar

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