Pow­er­house an­nu­als boast ex­cep­tional flow­er­ing from spring through fall

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

MOST of us have a favourite gera­nium. Of­ten, our pref­er­ence is based on the colour­ful blooms, fra­grance or mag­nif­i­cent fo­liage that can be found in this ever-ex­pand­ing and adapt­able group of plants.

Andy Cherkas, pres­i­dent of the Gera­nium, Pelargo­nium and Fuch­sia So­ci­ety of On­tario ex­plains that in this part of the world, the an­nual flower we com­monly call gera­ni­ums are ac­tu­ally pelargo­ni­ums. The true gera­ni­ums are the peren­ni­als we call cranes­bills and are in the same fam­ily as pelargo­nium. Species pelargo­ni­ums are mostly na­tive to South Africa; how­ever, there are also va­ri­eties that oc­cur in Mada­gas­car, East Africa, Turkey, Iran, New Zealand and Aus­tralia. There are many va­ri­eties of scented pelargo­ni­ums that have a va­ri­ety of spice, cit­rus, mint, and pine scents. The spice, mint and cit­rus va­ri­eties can be used in cook­ing as herbs and flavour­ings; for ex­am­ple, spice cake with spice-scented leaves or fish baked with cit­rus-scented leaves.

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