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Nutmeg-Scented Geranium (Pelargonium x fragrans)

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Ornamental Perennials


Tender perennial grown as evergreen houseplant
Description:  Vigorous plant with soft gray-green, strongly aromatic, lobed foliage; small white flowers with red veins.
Habit:  12-18 inches high and 12 inches wide, bushy plant.
Culture:  Prefers full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.
Hardiness:  USDA Zones 10 through 11
Origin:  Garden Origin
Attributes:  Fragrant Foliage, Houseplant

This variety is believed to be a hybrid between the apple-scented geranium (Pelargonium odoratissimum) and P. exstipulatum that first occurred in the Berlin Botanical Garden around 1793.  It became available in North America by the early 19th century and Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed it among dozens of fragrant South African geraniums in his book American Gardener’s Calendar, 1806.  Scented geraniums or rose geraniums were extremely popular during the Victorian Period for gardens and as a potted specimen in parlours.  The nutmeg-scented geranium has a particularly intense and pungent scent and it's stems and branches become somewhat woody.  During the 20th century this old hybrid has been offered under a number of cultivar names such as 'Cody', 'Logee', and 'Old Spice'.


Arrives in a 2.5" pot.

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