Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pelargonium denticulatum 'Filicifolium'

Pelargonium denticulatum 'Filicifolium'
This filigree leaf geranium releases a curious scent of balsam and furniture polish when the leaves are crushed. The leaves themselves are so finely divided that they seem to shimmer in the sunlight as well as being slightly sticky or tacky to touch, to the point of leaving a faint residue on your hands. This is a good shrub to grow near a path so you can brush past it and experience the texture and aroma of the foliage. It forms quite a sprawling shrub to a metre or so and needs a regular prune back to keep it looking good. It is not concerned as to soil type or condition as long as it is free draining. Small mauve flowers are borne in terminal sprays in spring but they are fairly insignificant and not particularly noteworthy. The stems and leaves are good for floral work as they require minimal wiring , though the scent may not be to appealing to all.
2017 update: I have limited stock available.

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