Definition of pelargonium in English:



  • A tender shrubby plant which is widely cultivated for its red, pink, or white flowers. Some kinds have fragrant leaves which yield an essential oil.

    See also geranium
    • ‘Threequarter-acre garden with terraces, roses, yew hedges, box parterres, geraniums, pelargoniums and double herbaceous borders leading to a meadow planted with eucalyptus.’
    • ‘I don't mean the common sort of bedding where dwarf box is used to make lettering and patterns are made of conventional bedding plants like begonias and pelargoniums.’
    • ‘It looks good with hot pink pelargoniums and impatiens, and white nemesia to cool down the arrangement.’
    • ‘Through the mature olive trees, pots of pelargoniums, and beds of oleander, roses and lavender, you can glimpse water features, the swimming pool or the dazzling white house with its sculptural chimney and indigo blue trim.’
    • ‘I love plants in season - old roses are a summer favourite - and I've got delphiniums, pelargoniums, agapanthus, tulips, silver birch, to name a few.’
    • ‘If September stays mild, we will see why bedding such as lobelia, pelargonium and impatiens are so popular as they flower on until the first frosts.’
    • ‘I also like one colour hanging baskets and tubs: there is nothing prettier than a burst of apricot pansies, lilac violas, or pink pelargoniums.’
    • ‘Cosmos, pelargoniums and calendula, for example, will often produce new flowering stems after pruning.’
    • ‘In frost-free climates, pelargoniums make great landscaping plants.’
    • ‘Half-hardy fuchsias and pelargoniums will need to be lifted, potted and sheltered for winter.’
    • ‘Classes are also open for amateurs and enthusiasts with categories including bonsai, cactus and succulents, floral art, geranium and pelargonium, honey products, fuchsia, flower and plant pots along with a children's section.’
    • ‘By hardy geraniums I mean the garden perennials, with their soft foliage and cranesbill flowers, as opposed to greenhouse or bedding varieties which are more correctly known as pelargoniums.’
    • ‘Busy Lizzies, fuchsias, pelargoniums, cosmos and petunia will all provide colour until late summer and can be used to fill gaps left by perennials as they finish blooming.’
    • ‘All three varieties are pansy faced pelargoniums, or angels - crosses between scented pelargoniums and regals, some with a little species stock thrown in.’
    • ‘Clean out the greenhouse and make way for incoming pelargoniums, chrysanthemums and dahlias that will need protection from the frost.’
    • ‘Try lavender or a mixture of scented pelargoniums for a sprawling dash of colour.’
    • ‘At the recycling centre last week, I spotted a heap of pelargoniums in the garden waste skip - a shame, for if they were kept in a frost-free garage or shed, they would spring to life next year.’
    • ‘Unlike species such as cycads, which are strictly controlled, the pelargoniums are not endangered and not protected under any regulations.’
    • ‘For example, the wispy foliage of cosmos will engulf spiky salvia flowers and is a contrast to the rounded leaves of pelargoniums.’
    • ‘The insect's normal food is the wild pelargonium, a variety of geranium.’


Modern Latin, from Greek pelargos ‘stork’, apparently on the pattern of geranium (based on Greek geranos ‘crane’).