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Pelargonium sidoides - Silverleaf Geranium

Pelargonium sidoides has felty gray leaves that glisten with the dew on them and deep burgundy flowers. Pelargonium sidoides is almost always in bloom and fits in well with lavenders and grasses. I often place Pelargonium sidoides in the front of a border because it can be depended upon to put on a show and to stay put. Pelargonium sidoides can even make an interesting bonsai. The Silverleaf Geranium tends to have an interesting branching structure and the leaves will get very small if it is stressed. Pelargonium sidoides has survived Winter temperatures into the mid teens but is often taken to the ground in the mid 20°s. There is a pink form in the marketplace, Pelargonium sidoides gloriana. I believe this more likely to be a closely related species Pelargonium reneforme. The white flowered Pelargonium fragrans is easily used in the same garden conditions.

Pelargonium sidoides

Dark magenta purple flowers of Pelargonium sidoides - Silverleaf Geranium. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.