SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pelargonium
COMMON NAME(S): Geraniums
FAMILY: GERANIACAE - Geranium family
ORIGIN: South Africa
HEIGHT: Usually below 3'
CHARACTERISTICS: Often thick, somewhat succulent, sometimes hairy
LEAVES: Alternate, simple or feather-like, often lobed or dissected when simple, often hairy, sometimes aromatic
FLOWERS: Showy, red, pink, purple, white, rarely yellow, borne in round clusters
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring, summer
FRUITS: A capsule-like aggregation of 5, 1-seeded fruits
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Geraniol, citronellol (both alcohols)
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Sensitive individuals have experienced allergenic contact dermatitis from handling geraniums.