Geranium bedding plants
The geranium was native to South Africa.
It belongs to the family Geraniaceae.
Was introduced into Europe in about 1690.
Also known as a Pelargonium.
Wild Geranium is a woodland perennial plant native to eastern North America, that is now grown in gardens in the UK as a perennial.
Herb Robert is Geranium robertianum - this distinctive smelling weed is actually quite pretty with tiny pink flowers.
You can take cuttings from gernaniums and over winter them in a greenhouse.
The Victorians loved scented geraniums and growing them was a popular pasttime.
All geraniums are edible - try the flowers as flavourings in salads and ice creams. Obviously the scented varieties are of most interest.
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