Common Names: pineapple geranium
Origin: South Africa
Type: Evergreen shrub
Size: 3 ft. high and wide.
Flowers: Pink blossoms; spring, summer but longer if cool. Fragrant leaves are dark green with a citrus scent.
Uses: Containers, herb borders, hanging baskets, color. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Soil: Light, fast-draining. If alkaline, add peat moss or nitrogen-fortified ground bark or sawdust.
Water: Medium, watering when dry to 1 in. deep. Supplemental winter water if rain scarce.
Sun: Full sun on coast; afternoon shade inland.
Pruning: Labor Day, prune geraniums hard leaving foliage on every stem (a bare stem may die.) Thanksgiving, light prune for cleanup. Winter pruning may kill the plant.
Pests & Diseases: Aphids, spider mites, whiteflies; geranium budworm occasionally in some places.
Notes: Needs little fertilizer; container plants and those in light, sandy soil need a small amount of slow-release fertilizer. Hardy to 20° F. (May be grown indoors in colder climates.)