Definition of pelargonium in US English:

pelargonium

noun

  • 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.

    Genus Pelargonium, family Geraniaceae: many species and several hybrid groups, including the zonal pelargoniums (P. × hortorum), with rounded leaves bearing colored zones, and the trailing ivy-leaved pelargoniums (P. peltatum)

    See also geranium
    • ‘I also like one colour hanging baskets and tubs: there is nothing prettier than a burst of apricot pansies, lilac violas, or pink pelargoniums.’
    • ‘In frost-free climates, pelargoniums make great landscaping plants.’
    • ‘Try lavender or a mixture of scented pelargoniums for a sprawling dash of colour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clean out the greenhouse and make way for incoming pelargoniums, chrysanthemums and dahlias that will need protection from the frost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, the wispy foliage of cosmos will engulf spiky salvia flowers and is a contrast to the rounded leaves of pelargoniums.’
    • ‘Cosmos, pelargoniums and calendula, for example, will often produce new flowering stems after pruning.’
    • ‘All three varieties are pansy faced pelargoniums, or angels - crosses between scented pelargoniums and regals, some with a little species stock thrown in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Half-hardy fuchsias and pelargoniums will need to be lifted, potted and sheltered for winter.’
    • ‘Unlike species such as cycads, which are strictly controlled, the pelargoniums are not endangered and not protected under any regulations.’
    • ‘It looks good with hot pink pelargoniums and impatiens, and white nemesia to cool down the arrangement.’
    • ‘The insect's normal food is the wild pelargonium, a variety of geranium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Threequarter-acre garden with terraces, roses, yew hedges, box parterres, geraniums, pelargoniums and double herbaceous borders leading to a meadow planted with eucalyptus.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

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