#204 Scented Geraniums - Pelargonium domesticum
Scented leaf geraniums are coveted heirloom plants grown today for their pleasing fragrance, unusually foliage, delicate flowers, essential oil and culinary use. The scent, created by oils in the leaves, is released when the leaves are rubbed. Using your thumb and index finger gently rub the leaf of a scented geranium, then inhale the scent from your fingers.
Native to southern Africa, pelargoniums are a diverse group of plants. Although they are referred to as scented geraniums, they are not true geraniums, which are hardy North American or European plants. Pelargoniums come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The leaves may be hairy or smooth, leaf margins may be curvy or crisped, and their range of smell is extraordinary.
The geraniums here were all purchased at Well Sweep Herb Farm in Port Murray NJ. Scan the QR code on this brochure for a fact sheet from the Herb Society of America about scented geraniums or visit www.arboretumfriends.org for more information.