Pelargonium citronellum – Plant


Indigenous to South Africa, organically grown, and locally sourced from ethical growers committed to sustainable, Nature-friendly cultivation.

Common names: citronella pelargonium, lemon-scented pelargonium, lemonbalm storksbill (English); malva (Afrikaans).

Botanical name: Pelargonium citronellum

Potted into 100% recycled plastic nursery pot or bag.

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Care Summary

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Plant Summary

The citronella pelargonium, Pelargonium citronellum, is a lemon-scented shrub that belongs to the geranium family. It has attractive pink-purple flowers and palm-shaped leaves that release a refreshing fragrance when touched. The leaves can be used as a culinary herb, a natural insect repellent, or a potpourri ingredient. This species is native to a small area near Ladismith in the Western Cape, where it grows near streams in well-drained, sandy soil. It is easy to grow from seeds or cuttings and thrives in full sun or light shade. It is a rare but not threatened plant that can add beauty and aroma to any garden.


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