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Pelargonium quercifolium 'Chocolate-Mint'
(hardy in zones 10-11+)
Unique for its velvety, purple streaked leaves and minty scented leaves, that may have a chocolate aroma! Like most geraniums, this variety was introduced to Europe in the 17th and 18th century by sailors returning from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. These exotic plants were collected by naturalists hoping to discover new sources of food and medicine. The French later discovered its commercial potential through its fragrant essential oils and are still adored today for their pleasing aromas and stunning blossoms. Geraniums love the sun and dry, well-drained, rich, loamy and slightly acidic soil. Soil must drain quickly while retaining moisture. Therefore, instead of standard potting mix, plant in a soil-less mix of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, shredded bark and sand. Prune back up to half the foliage in late winter or early spring to encourage a denser bushy growth while preventing woody and leggy stems. Height 24 inches.
Plug tray 90
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