Americana Dark Red Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum 'Americana Dark Red' )
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Deciduous Perennial in the Geraniaceae Family

Pelargonium × hortorum, commonly called zonal geranium, or garden geranium, is a nothospecies of Pelargonium most commonly used as an ornamental plant. It is a hybrid between Pelargonium zonale and Pelargonium inquinans.

Pelargoniums, commonly known as their cousin the geranium.  Pelargoniums are non hardy garden plants often planted out as summer bedding. They are different from the hardy geraniums. Pelargoniums mostly originate from South Africa, and ideal growing conditions are dry, hot and sunny.

Pelargoniums are a large group of tender perennials often used as bedding plants, small shrubs, scented herbs, container plants, and cheerful window box companions. Varieties with fragrant leaves perfume the air with lemon, mint, rose, and coconut.

Pelargoniums, as well as geraniums, are known to repel earworms, cabbage worms, and Japanese beetles. Because of this, the best companion plants are those that are prone to suffering from them, like corn, roses, grapes, and cabbage.



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Tags Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Filler, Good for Beginners, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Repels Unwanted Insects, Showy Flowers, Tender Perennial
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