Scented Geranium Plants

  • tải xuống Scented geraniums are low-maintenance perennial plants that attract butterflies, birds and bees to your yard. Use them indoors as a fragrant, natural air freshener. Fragrance is released when a leaf is touched. The oil collected from the leaves is often used to create aromatherapy products.


  • Citrus-scented geraniums are very responsive; the slightest touch releases fragrance into the air. Lemon-scented Pelargoniums, such as "Golden Lemon Crispum," are upright-growing shrubs featuring yellow-edged leaves. The leaves of "Prince Rupert Variegated" have white edges and white flowers that fade to a light pink. The scented geranium variety called "Finger Bowl" is compact, with small leaves, and can be used in creating topiary displays. "Bitter Lemon" has a strong lemon scent and bright lavender flowers with burgundy markings.

    "Prince of Orange" scented geranium has rough leaves with a crisp orange scent. "Lime" has delicate lavender flowers and deep green leaves.


  • There are several varieties of rose-scented geranium plants. Some of the more popular ones include "Rober’s Lemon Rose," which can grow into a bush about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The medium-pink flowers and large leaves give off a lemon-rose aroma when touched. "Snowflake" is another large scented geranium that can spread over 4 feet wide. The leaves are a fuzzy green variegated with white. "Little Gem" is a compact rose-scented pelargonium with pink flowers and gray-green leaves.


  • Peppermint-scented geraniums, "Tomentosums," are compact growers with small trailing leaves. They can be grown on a windowsill in a pot to be enjoyed indoors. "Joy Lucille" has red-marked pink flowers and "Godfrey’s Pride" features pink flowers and a pungent mint scent.


  • Ginger-scented geraniums, such as "Torento," are upright-growing pelargoniums. The crinkled leaves grow on stiff stems. Nutmeg-scented geraniums spread low to the ground and have small white blossoms. "Old Spice" is a compact-growing plant with a spicy scent coming from the soft gray-green leaves.


  • Apple geraniums are early bloomers. "Pelargonium Odoratissimum" is low-growing plant with small rounded leaves and white flowers. The "Apple Cider" variety has a spicy undertone to the apple aroma. It also has white flowers and leaves but tends to be slightly smaller.

Geraniums In Alabama


  • The state of Alabama falls into zones 7 and 8 of the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map. These areas have average annual minimum temperatures of 0 to 20 degrees F. Several types of geraniums grow well in Alabama. Plant them in May in zone 7 or in April in zone 8.

Cranesbill Geranium

  • Cranesbill geranium (Geranium sanguineum) thrives in zones 3 to 8. It grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches and spreads over a distance of 18 inches during spring and summer. Fine hairs cover the leaves and flower stems. The leaves have a circular outline and a width of 1 to 2 inches. They often release a pleasant scent and turn reddish with frost. The reddish-purple to pale pink flowers bloom in midsummer. Each flower has five petals and measures 1 to 1 1/2 inches.

Strawberry Geranium

  • Strawberry geranium (Saxifraga stolonifera) grows in zones 7 to 9, and thrives in Alabama. It grows rapidly to reach a height of 6 to 8 inches. Each grayish-green leaf has a heart shape, white veins on its top surface and red veins on its underside. Fine hairs cover the leaves, measuring 2 to 4 inches. The flowers develop on slender stems that grow to a length of 1 to 2 feet. The white flowers have five petals each.

Grayleaf Cranesbill

  • Grayleaf cranesbill (Geranium cinereum) thrives in zones 4 to 9. It grows to a height of 4 to 6 inches and spreads over a distance of 10 to 12 inches. Because of its height, it works well as a groundcover. It has gray-green leaves that form mounds. It develops saucer-shaped flowers that bloom in summer and come in various colors, including pink, white and magenta.

Repotted Geraniums Are Dying


A repotted geranium that’s wilting, turning brown or showing other signs of distress is likely suffering from inadequate growing conditions. Correcting these conditions may allow you to save your plant.

Bad Soil

  • Geraniums like light, well-drained soil. If you have potted your geranium in heavy soil, soil that has a lot of clay content, or soil that does not drain well, the result will be root rot and a dead plant. Repot in well-drained soil mixed with sand or perlite.

Container Problems

  • Repotting a geranium in a pot that is too large or too small can cause stress to the plant. A pot that’s too small does not give roots room to grow, resulting in stunted growth and dying off. A pot that’s too large allows the soil to stay too wet. Potting in a container that does not allow sufficient drainage will also cause problems with soil that is too wet.

Watering Problems

  • Geraniums are finicky about watering. Provide too much water, and they become distressed. Provide too little water, and they will wilt and drop leaves. Allow the flowers and foliage to stay too wet, and the result is fungal diseases. Water the geranium when the soil feels dry and avoid watering the foliage and flowers.

How to Control Budworms on Geraniums


A budworm, also referred to as a tobacco budworm or a geranium budworm, causes damage to a geranium in several ways. According to Colorado State University, a budworm creates tunnels in the stems of the geranium, eats away at the leaves and flowers, along with the ovaries and buds. Control budworms to prevent further plant damage. Most budworms, however, are resistant to pesticides, so use an all-natural approach when controlling them.

Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need
  • Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk)
  • Long clothing
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Mask
  • Water
  • Garden sprayer
    1. Select the strain Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk) to use on your geraniums. Not all strains of Bacillus thuringiensis are effective against budworms. For example, some strains only kill mosquito larvae. Btk is a bacteria that grows on decaying matter in soil. When the budworms ingest the Btk, endotoxin is released in their digestive systems. This poisons the budworms and they die. You can purchase Btk at your local garden center.
    2. Read the product label and follow all of the recommended safety precautions. According to Purdue University, it is a good idea to wear long clothing, gloves, goggles and a mask when handling Btk even though the product is deemed safe.
    3. Mix the Btk with water if you bought it as a concentrate. Follow the specific product instructions, but most likely you will need 3 to 4 tsp. of the concentrate per gallon of water. Do the mixing in a garden sprayer.
    4. Spray the geraniums with the Btk late in the day, only when the budworms are in the caterpillar stage. Spray the geranium well and make sure you spray inside the flower petals, as budworms like to hide there.
    5. Repeat two weeks later to kill the remaining budworms.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not apply Btk on a windy day as drifting may occur.