|Widely-planted, the hundreds of Geranium varieties are robust plants which bloom in summer and fall. The flowers come in shades of red, purple, pink, white, orange and bicolors, in bold or intricate shapes. Leaves are velvety, colorfully-marked, variegated or scented. Zonal geraniums, whose leaves have zones of contrasting color, bloom non-stop. Many varieties have distinctive leaves marked with white, silver, bronze and gold patterns. Use as centerpieces, in window boxes or containers with other sun-loving annuals such as Petunias, trailing Vinca and Sweet Alyssum. Use Ivy-leaved Geraniums with trailing stems in hanging baskets, raised beds or as a ground cover on unused banks. Scented Geraniums are best indoors, out in pots or planted along walkways where their scent can be fully appreciated. Use leaves to flavor cakes and jellies. Pinch growth tips early to encourage bushiness, and use them to start new plants. Or buy cell packs in spring. Plant only Ivy-leaved Geraniums in partial shade. In mild winter climates, plants are perennial. Elsewhere, put in a sunny window indoors in fall. Watch for geranium (tobacco) budworm.
This trailing plant has stiff, waxy, fleshy, ivy-shaped leaves. In summer, blooms white to deep red with darker markings.
Attributes - Pelargonium peltatum
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Pink, Purple, Red, White
Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids, Black Spot, Root Rot, Whiteflies.
Pelargonium x hortorum 'Cardinal Orbit', Pelargonium x hortorum 'Picasso', Pelargonium x hortorum 'Pinto Salmon Orange', Pelargonium x hortorum 'Ringo White', Pelargonium peltatum 'Summer Showers'