Otherwise known as, Pelargonium xasperum ‘Rose’, Geranium is a perennial herb found only in frost free areas. There are some subspecies that are particular to winter climates, but not all are capable of growing in cold harsh climates. They do best growing in temperate regions, such as mountains in the tropics, or the eastern Mediterranean. They are characterized by their deeply cut, heart shaped, scented leaves. Also known for their five petal blossoms found in white, pink, purple or sometimes blue. These plants can grow to be between 18 to 30 inches in height.

Because these plants aren’t fond of the cold, they are in need of well drained, medium rich soil, and full sun. Medium rich soil can be found at a local greenhouse or home improvement store. This plant does not like water-retained soil. Sometimes these plants are brought inside via a container or small pot during the winter months to keep them from the cold.

Trimming and pruning of this herb provides healthy growth. Frequent cutting is very beneficial. Geranium comes in several different subspecies, all with individual leaf textures, shapes, and scents. This herb is often attempted by first time herb garden growers due to the easy care.

This particular herb has more of a horticultural and medicinal use over cooking and cuisine. Most recently, German scientists have discovered that a subspecies of Geranium extract has provided a potential advancement and treatment against AIDS.

Fun Fact: This herb as a unique seed dispersal system, involving a “beak-like” column which breaks open when it is ripe, and throws the seeds a fair distance. This procedure gives the plant its’ nickname of “cranesbill”.