GERANIUM (PELARGONIUM) SCENTED 'ATTAR OF ROSES'
Good to know: From Africa to Holland to England to Canada...now to you!! The leaves of scented geraniums (or rather, pelargoniums) were a popular addition to fingerbowls of the Victorian Era for the washing of a dinner guest hands. Both leaves and flowers are also useful flavourings in teas, jellies and baked goods but predominantly the plant is valued by the home gardener for its fragrances of which there are many. We have limited ours to lemon and rose this year but other treasured scents include mint and chocolate. Incidentally the term 'Attar' refers to the 'perfume of flowers'.
Light requirements: full sun
Height: 1-3' (pruning is very beneficial to maintain shape vigour)
Uses: containers, pathways, beds and borders, houseplant, culinary, potpourri