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Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium

Pelargonium radens

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Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium (Pelargonium radens) at Fernwood Garden Center

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium foliage

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

This selection is a spreading, branched variety with very fine, ferny foliage that is pungent when bruised; dainty lavender-pink flowers emerge in early spring and continue throughout the growing season; excellent for containers

Ornamental Features

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium features dainty clusters of lavender flowers with pink overtones and deep purple spots at the ends of the stems from early spring to mid fall. Its fragrant ferny leaves remain light green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Skeleton Rose Scented Geranium is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features