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Carol Kavanagh 05-04-2003 06:32 AM

Pelargoniums/geraniums newby question
 
Hi All

I'm new both to gardening and this newsgroup. Last year I bought a small
plant on a bargain table at a local nursery for $1 labelled 'geranium blue'
It has divided fern type foliage and a little violet flower and is about a
30cm high scrambling perennial. It seeds freely in our gravel driveway. I
was told by a visiting relative that it was actually called Cranesbill
Incanium, and that Cranesbills used to be called geraniums but were no
longer. He told me that geraniums were the brightly coloured plants one
sees in pots on patios in travel brochures for the Greek Islands!

Anyway, I find myself confused again, as to the difference, if any, between
Pelargoniums and geraniums. Is there any difference here, and which is the
most suitable for planting in the South Coast of NSW in full sun on a bank
which can get dry in mid summer?

Any help here will be much appreciated.

Thanks
Carol



Carol Kavanagh 05-04-2003 06:32 AM

Pelargoniums/geraniums newby question
 
Thanks so much. This is very helpful and much appreciated.

Cheers
Carol

"Sprog" wrote in message
...
They were originally from South Africa and will do well in the position

you describe.

The family Geraniaceae has about 700 species falling into 11 genera which

include Geranium, and
Pelargonium.
Plants from this family, especially geraniums and pelargoniums, have been

hybridized and are widely
cultivated the world over for their spectacular displays of flowers and

striking colours.

Here is a search for web sites about Geraniums in Australia
http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...:au+geraniums+

"Carol Kavanagh" wrote:

Hi All

I'm new both to gardening and this newsgroup. Last year I bought a small
plant on a bargain table at a local nursery for $1 labelled 'geranium

blue'
It has divided fern type foliage and a little violet flower and is about

a
30cm high scrambling perennial. It seeds freely in our gravel driveway.

I
was told by a visiting relative that it was actually called Cranesbill
Incanium, and that Cranesbills used to be called geraniums but were no
longer. He told me that geraniums were the brightly coloured plants one
sees in pots on patios in travel brochures for the Greek Islands!

Anyway, I find myself confused again, as to the difference, if any,

between
Pelargoniums and geraniums. Is there any difference here, and which is

the
most suitable for planting in the South Coast of NSW in full sun on a

bank
which can get dry in mid summer?

Any help here will be much appreciated.

Thanks
Carol





Carol Kavanagh 05-04-2003 06:32 AM

Pelargoniums/geraniums newby question
 
Thanks for this.

Cheers
Carol

"Chookie" wrote in message
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In article ,
"Carol Kavanagh" wrote:

I'm new both to gardening and this newsgroup. Last year I bought a

small
plant on a bargain table at a local nursery for $1 labelled 'geranium

blue'
It has divided fern type foliage and a little violet flower and is about

a
30cm high scrambling perennial. It seeds freely in our gravel driveway.

I
was told by a visiting relative that it was actually called Cranesbill
Incanium, and that Cranesbills used to be called geraniums but were no
longer. He told me that geraniums were the brightly coloured plants one
sees in pots on patios in travel brochures for the Greek Islands!

Anyway, I find myself confused again, as to the difference, if any,

between
Pelargoniums and geraniums. Is there any difference here, and which is

the
most suitable for planting in the South Coast of NSW in full sun on a

bank
which can get dry in mid summer?


In Sydney, at least, we call pelargoniums geraniums, and true geraniums

like
yours (ie, cranesbills) are practically unknown. I would vote for
pelargoniums in a dry spot; I think geraniums need more water.

--
Chookie -- Sydney, Australia
(Replace "foulspambegone" with "optushome" to reply)

I don't regard myself as a fanatic. I just have handy milk dispensers.
-- Lee, misc.kids





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