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[New Latin Pelargonium, genus name, from Greek pelargos, stork (from the resemblance of its capsules to a stork's bill); see pel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) any plant of the chiefly southern African geraniaceous genus Pelargonium, having circular or lobed leaves and red, pink, or white aromatic flowers: includes many cultivated geraniums
[C19: via New Latin from Greek pelargos stork, on the model of geranium; from the likeness of the seed vessels to a stork's bill]


(ˌpɛl ɑrˈgoʊ ni əm, -ər-)

n., pl. -ums.
any plant of the genus Pelargonium, the cultivated species of which are usu. called geranium.
[1810–20; < New Latin (1787) < Greek pelargó(s) stork + (gerá)nion geranium]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelargonium - geraniums native chiefly to South AfricaPelargonium - geraniums native chiefly to South Africa; widely cultivated
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
family Geraniaceae, Geraniaceae, geranium family - chiefly herbaceous plants
Pelargonium graveolens, rose geranium, sweet-scented geranium - any of several southern African geraniums having fragrant three-lobed to five-lobed leaves and pink flowers
bedding geranium, fish geranium, Pelargonium hortorum, zonal pelargonium - an upright geranium having scalloped leaves with a broad color zone inside the margin and white or pink or red flowers
hanging geranium, ivy geranium, ivy-leaved geranium, Pelargonium peltatum - a commonly cultivated trailing South American plant with peltate leaves and rosy flowers
apple geranium, nutmeg geranium, Pelargonium odoratissimum - geranium with round fragrant leaves and small white flowers
lemon geranium, Pelargonium limoneum - a common garden geranium with lemon-scented foliage


[ˌpɛləˈgəʊnɪəm] npelargonio
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In plants the same gradual process of improvement, through the occasional preservation of the best individuals, whether or not sufficiently distinct to be ranked at their first appearance as distinct varieties, and whether or not two or more species or races have become blended together by crossing, may plainly be recognised in the increased size and beauty which we now see in the varieties of the heartsease, rose, pelargonium, dahlia, and other plants, when compared with the older varieties or with their parent-stocks.
WHEN planning for sunnier days ahead, give some thought to the wonderful summer plants pelargoniums.
Mr Scott was also a well respected gardener and especially gifted at growing pelargoniums and geraniums.
Carol: I hope you mean pelargoniums, the tender plants that so many of us use for containers.
There are many pages of both geraniums and pelargoniums listed in the current RHS Plant Finder which have been brought about by much hybridising over the years.
When this cartoon was created, there was a move to clump geraniums and pelargoniums together, but we now consider them distinct.
Germinate seeds such as begonias and pelargoniums on windowsill indoors or in the greenhouse.
If you have pots of pelargoniums (bedding geraniums) which you want to enjoy next year, put them inside too, in a light, frost-free place such as a slightly heated greenhouse, a sheltered porch next to the house or an unheated spare room or conservatory, cutting them back to 10cm (4in).
Pelargoniums will have to go under cover soon If your garden has a Mediterranean theme, you're likely to need to protect other vulnerable plants, such as cannas, olive trees, ginger lilies and dahlias, which may not survive winter frosts.
Remove dead or yellowing leaves from pelargoniums, fuchsias and argyranthemums which are overwintering in the greenhouse.
Take cuttings of overwintered tender bedding plants such as pelargoniums, osteospermums, argyranthemums and fuchsias.
Meanwhile, there is some mathematics to be explained about our PELARGONIUMS and the hybrids we obtain from them.