Commonly known as Nutmeg Geranium or Nutmeg Scented Geranium, this is a fragrant geranium species known for its pleasant nutmeg-like fragrance.
Leaves: The leaves are deeply lobed and have a distinctive scent resembling that of nutmeg. The foliage is often velvety and can vary in color from green to gray-green.
Stems: Pelargonium fragrans, like other geraniums, has succulent stems that are often branched.
Flowers: Clusters of small, five-petaled flowers. The color of the flowers can range from pale pink to lavender.
Aromatic Qualities: The main appeal of Pelargonium fragrans lies in its aromatic leaves, which release a pleasant nutmeg-like fragrance when touched or crushed.
Culinary Uses: While not as commonly used in cooking as true nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), the leaves of Pelargonium fragrans are sometimes used to impart a subtle nutmeg flavor in culinary applications.
Soil: Well-drained soil is essential. Pelargonium fragrans prefers a slightly acidic to neutral soil.
Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
Sunlight: Pelargonium fragrans does well in full sun to partial shade. It benefits from receiving at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.
Hardiness: Depending on the climate, Pelargonium fragrans may be grown as an annual or a perennial. It is more sensitive to cold temperatures and frost.
Harvest leaves as needed to enjoy the fragrance or for culinary uses. The fragrance is most pronounced when the leaves are crushed.
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