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What's in a Name?

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The term geranium is confusing. The first geranium most gardeners encounter is not a geranium at all. These fleshy leaved plants with long flower stakes and clustered blossoms are actually Pelargonium and although a relative of the perennial geranium, they are not considered true geraniums.

True or hardy or perennial geraniums belong to the genus Geranium. You will sometimes see them referred to as cranesbill geraniums, because their seed pods do somewhat resemble a crane's bill, the Greek work for crane. They are low growing plants that spread by rhizomes. The foliage is often toothed and remains attractive. The flowers float on top of the plant, in shades of white, pink, magenta, purples and blues.

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