Scented Geraniums: Beautiful, Fragrant, Edible

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I love scented geraniums!  A lot of folks have never even heard of them, or so they think!  If you’ve ever seen a “mosquito plant” at the garden center, then you have seen a scented geranium!  I talk about these amazing plants whenever I give a presentation on edible landscaping.  I am also incorporating them into an edibles program I am doing for some nature camp kids at Crosby Arboretum next month!
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The leaves and flowers are edible and highly perfumed making them perfect to use in mixology, preserves and desserts!

Here are some Scented-leaf pelargoniums and their flavors:
Almond – Pelargonium quercifolium
Apple – Pelargonium odoratissimum
Coconut – Pelargonium grossalarioides (Pelargonium parriflorum)
Lemon – Pelargonium crispum
Nutmeg – Pelargonium fragrans (Pelargonium x fragrans)
Old Spice (sort of a nutmeg)- Pelargonium fragrans ‘Logees’
Peppermint – Pelargonium tomentosum
Rose – Pelargonium graveolens (Pelargonium roseum)
Rose – Pelargonium capitatum
Rose – Pelargonium radens
Lemon Scented – Pelargonium citronellum
Southernwood (camphor-woodsy scent) – Pelargonium abrotanifolium
Strawberry – Pelargonium scarboroviae (Pelargonium x scarboroviae)

Cultivars
‘Attar of Roses’
‘Attar of Roses’ – a cultivar of P. capitatum
‘Crowfoot Rose’ – a cultivar of P. radens
‘Dr. Livingston’ – a cultivar of P. radens
‘Grey Lady Plymouth’ – a cultivar of P. graveolens
‘Prince Rupert’ – a cultivar of P. crispum

Hybrids
‘Ginger’ – P. x torento
‘Lemon Balm’ – a hybrid: P. x melissinum
‘Lime’ – a hybrid: (P. x nervosum)
‘Prince of Orange’ – a hybrid: P. x citrosum

Have you included scented geraniums in your edible garden? The leaves and flowers are edible and highly perfumed making them perfect to use in mixology, preserves and desserts! 

Here are some Scented-leaf pelargoniums and their flavors:
Almond - Pelargonium quercifolium
Apple - Pelargonium odoratissimum
Coconut - Pelargonium grossalarioides (Pelargonium parriflorum)
Lemon - Pelargonium crispum
Nutmeg - Pelargonium fragrans (Pelargonium x fragrans)
Old Spice (sort of a nutmeg)- Pelargonium fragrans 'Logees'
Peppermint - Pelargonium tomentosum
Rose - Pelargonium graveolens (Pelargonium roseum)
Rose - Pelargonium capitatum
Rose - Pelargonium radens
Lemon Scented - Pelargonium citronellum
Southernwood (camphor-woodsy scent) - Pelargonium abrotanifolium
Strawberry - Pelargonium scarboroviae (Pelargonium x scarboroviae) 

Cultivars
'Attar of Roses'
'Attar of Roses' - a cultivar of P. capitatum
'Crowfoot Rose' - a cultivar of P. radens
'Dr. Livingston' - a cultivar of P. radens
'Grey Lady Plymouth' - a cultivar of P. graveolens
'Prince Rupert' - a cultivar of P. crispum

Hybrids
'Ginger' - P. x torento
'Lemon Balm' - a hybrid: P. x melissinum
'Lime' - a hybrid: (P. x nervosum)
'Prince of Orange' - a hybrid: P. x citrosum
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