Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Pelargonium

Specie: P. peltatum


English Name:


Common Name:

ivy-leaf geranium and cascading geranium

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Geraniaceae

Name in English: The Geranium Family

The Plant

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habit: subshrub which can reach two meters in height, its branches prostrate, spreading, trailing, or climbing

Flower: umbel of 2 to 9 pink flowers, with 5 dark-streaked or marked petals each up to 2 centimeters long.

Blooming Period: spring thru autumn

Leaf: succulent leaves are peltate, their petioles attached at the middle of the ivy-shaped leaf blades.


ornamental plant, window boxes

Care and Handling

Soil: general purpose

Amount of water: Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings

Nutrition: Feed weekly with water soluble fertilizer diluted by haSlf.

Special handling: Dead flowers must be pinched off to promote more flowering and maintain a neat and tidy plant.

Special feature/remarks:

The genus Pelargonium derives its name from the resemblance of the shape of the fruit to the beak of a stork, pelargos in Greek.