The Main Plant entry for Geraniums (Geranium)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Flowers: Showy
Other: flowers have five petals; cut plants back almost all the way to the ground after flowering
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Self-seeding
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Take semi-ripe cuttings during the late summer when growth has slowed and plant stems have become firmer.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 1, 2012 3:19 PM

"Geranium" is also the common name of members of the genus Pelargonium (commonly known as 'storksbill' in distinction from 'cranesbill'). Linnaeus originally included all the species in one genus, Geranium, but they were later separated into two genera by Charles l’Héritier in 1789.

Gardeners and the horticultural trade often refer to true geraniums as "hardy geraniums" in order to distinguish them from the less hardy pelargoniums (generally grown as annuals in temperate climes), and most garden "geraniums" (without the 'hardy' appellation) are in fact pelargoniums (storksbills), as opposed to true geraniums (cranesbills).

Other former members of the genus are now classified in genus Erodium, including the plants known as filarees in North America. (Wikipedia)

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 11, 2012 11:03 AM

Cranesbills are eaten by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Brown-tail and Mouse Moth.

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