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Fragrant geraniums

Herbaceous plant belonging to the genus of aromatic geraniums, the fragrant geranium does not have important blooms like the other species, however the leaves are particular and of a unique beauty, variegated in colors, fragrant and velvety to the touch.

It is precisely by touching the leaves that a breath of perfume is immediately felt, moreover each species has a different shape, the most common are three or five lobed, others are palmate, others with a shape so particular as to look like lace.

The white, lilac or burgundy flowers, depending on the species, are small and inconspicuous but so delicate and simple to be really pleasing to the eye.

To be displayed on windowsills or on terraces to enjoy the pleasant scent they emanate, i fragrant geraniums they grow vigorously, therefore they need large pots and frequent watering.

There are many varieties that in addition to differentiating themselves for the aesthetic appearance of the plant, also differ according to the smell they give off.

For example, Tomentosum gives off a smell of mint, Subliguasum of strawberry, Better Lemon of lemon, Prince of Orange of orange, Citridorum of mandarin and Odoratissimo of apple.

The scent emanated, not only is very pleasant to smell but is also very useful, especially in the summer months, to keep mosquitoes away.

The scented geranium It is a plant that adapts easily, therefore, it can live both indoors and outdoors, blooms from spring to autumn and goes into vegetative rest during the winter.

In order for the plant to grow luxuriant and therefore have an abundant flowering, it is advisable to prune it conspicuously at the beginning of spring and to put new soil in its pot.

During the watering operation it is advisable to be careful not to wet the flowers because they could be ruined, instead it is necessary to wet the plant well at the base so that the water quickly reaches the roots.

In the language of flowers, giving a geranium means being willing to have serious and stable relationships.


The scent

THE fragrant geraniums they naturally have their own perfume, and probably the main reason is self-defense. Coming from almost desert areas of South Africa, they will have developed this characteristic to defend themselves from animals, however, we do not know why the aromas are varied and very similar to the smells of some fruits or other aromatic plants.

Those who first discovered this species of plant immediately spread its culture in Europe, also creating numerous hybrids that continue to increase even today.

Not everyone likes their perfume, or rather, those that smell of lemon, mint or orange are much more appreciated, others however have perfumes that are not well defined and sometimes very particular that are not always welcome. Just think that some scents emanated resemble that of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, odors of particular spices, which not everyone appreciates.

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