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Pelargonium 'L'Élégante' (I/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant, Bedding or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

White and Dark Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green, Pink and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

pelargonium 'L'Élégante'

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

Variegated Ivy-leaved pelargoniums are evergreen perennials of trailing habit, with fleshy, palmately lobed variegated leaves and clusters of showy red, purple, pink or white flowers from early summer to autumn

'L’Élégante' is a trailing plant with green leaves margined with creamy-white, and sometimes tinged pink in dry conditions; single white flowers marked with deep purple

Other common names

  • pelargonium 'L'Elégante'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings

Soil

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

Propagation

Take softwood cuttings in summer and overwinter plants in frost free conditions or take softwood cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly

Pests

Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants

Diseases

Foot and root rots in wet soils. Grey moulds are often troublesome in wet conditions. A virus can occur where cultivars are maintained by cuttings