Common Names: Wildwood scented geranium
Origin: South Africa
Type: Shrubby perennial
Size: To 3 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide
Flowers: Small lavender flowers with magenta spots; early summer but longer if cool. Fragrant leaves are dark green with darker veins, pungent balsam/woodsy rose scent.
Uses: Containers, collections, herb borders, old-fashioned gardens, hanging baskets. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Soil: Light, fast-draining. If alkaline, add peat moss or nitrogen-fortified ground bark or sawdust.
Water: Keep soil on dry side, watering when dry to 1 in. deep. Supplemental winter water if rain scarce.
Sun: Full sun on coast; afternoon shade inland.
Pruning: Remove faded flowers. Pinch back regularly to promote side branches. Cut back up to two-thirds after frost if leggy; plant tips for new plants.
Pests & Diseases: Aphids, spider mites, whitflies; 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.)