Common Names: Nutmeg-scented garanium
Origin: South Africa
Type: Evergreen shrub
Size: 1 ft. high, 2 ft. wide.
Flowers: Small white flowers in trailing clusters; early summer and longer if cool. Fragrant leaves are gray-green with nutmeg scent.
Uses: Containers, window boxes, rock gardens, ground cover, border; indoors in sunniest, cool window. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds.
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, cleanup. Winter pruning may kill the plant.
Pests & Diseases: Spider mites, aphids, whiteflies; geranium budworm occasionally in some places.
Notes: eeds little fertilizer; container plants and those in light, sandy soil need a small amount of slow-release. Makes wonderful sachets, potpourris; can also be used in cooking. Hybrid of South Africa. Hardy to 20° F.