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Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses' (Sc) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse, Bedding or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Pale Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

pelargonium 'Attar of Roses'

Family

Geraniaceae


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

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

'Attar of Roses' is a bushy sub-shrub to 60cm in height, with rose-scented, pinnately lobed leaves and small clusters of pale mauve-pink flowers 2-3cm across in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Pelargonium capitatum 'Attar of Roses'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in neutral or alkaline, well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Deadhead regularly. Lift outdoor plants and keep in frost free well lit conditions over winter.

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring, late summer and autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

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