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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.
For quick-fix glorious garden style, look no further than the pelargonium, which needs so little watering and should thrive in a sunny spot through summer and into autumn.
For quick-fix glorious garden style, look no further than the pelargonium, which needs little watering and should thrive in a sunny spot through summer and into autumn.
Extending this research into humans, it has been discovered that an extract of the geranium Pelargonium sidoides significantly reduces the symptoms and duration of the common cold.
At far right, the silver heart-shaped leaves of a Pelargonium sidoides spill over the edge of the planter, PRO TIP: Incorporate thrift into more of your plantings.
Evaluation of pharmacodynamics activities of EPs[R] 7630, a special extract from roots of Pelargonium sidoides, in animals models of cough, secretolytic activity and acute bronchitis.
Take cuttings of new shoots of tender plants, including diascia, fuchsia, pelargonium and verbena.
Just to add to the confusion Pelargonium graveolens is known the world over by the common name of Rose Geranium and the oil distilled from its aromatic leaves is much sought after in the perfume industry.
This delightful pelargonium has just won best plant in show in the class for bedding and balcony plants at this year's international trade fair for horticulture in Essen, Germany.
CONTAINING extracts of Pelargonium sidoides, a medicinal plant native to South Africa which has long been hailed for its anti-vial, anti-bacterial and mucus-relieving qualities, Kaloba promises to soothe symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, like a runny or blocked nose, sore throat or cough.