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Edible uses


The leaves are crushed and used to flavour salads, soups, fruit dishes, jellies, sorbets, ice-cream, cakes etc[1][2]. Cake pans can be lined with the leaves and the pastry will be infused with their essence[1]. The leaves have an apple scent according to one report[1] but our plants have a very strong minty smell[K]. An infusion of the leaves is used as a tea[2].

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Material uses

An essential oil is obtained from the plant[3][4]. It is used in aromatherapy, perfumery and as an insect repellent[2]. The growing plant will repel flies, especially if the leaves are touched occasionally to release their scent. The leaves are dried for use in pot-pourri and herb pillows[2].

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is an aromatic herb with astringent, tonic and antiseptic effects[5][2]. It is used internally in the treatment of debility, gastro-enteritis and haemorrhage[2]. Externally, it is used to treat skin complaints, injuries, neuralgia and throat infections[2]. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Its keyword is 'Balancing'[6]. It is used in the treatment of burns, sores and shingles[2].


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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 13°c, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months[7]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter. Cuttings succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter.

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An easily grown plant, succeeding in a well-drained ordinary good soil[260, K]. Requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[8][7]. Plants are tolerant of some shade[2].

Plants are not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c[9]. They generally require greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors when grown in a very sheltered warm spot in the mildest parts of the country[10]. They can also be grown in containers that are placed outdoors in the summer and then brought into the greenhouse or conservatory for the winter[2]. The plants need to be kept fairly dry in the winter[7]. When grown in pots, the plants require regular repotting in order to stay vigorous[9]. Very tolerant of pruning, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn when bringing them back indoors, or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth[2].

The bruised leaves release a smell of ripe apples[11]. The plant is cultivated for its essential oil[4].


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Associations & Interactions

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Pelargonium odoratissimum
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
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Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
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Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
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    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
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    1. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    4. ? Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (1952-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Westwood. C. Aromatherapy - A guide for home use. Amberwood Publishing Ltd ISBN 0-9517723-0-9 (1993-00-00)
    7. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2 Pan Books, London. ISBN 0-330-37376-5 (1998-00-00)
    10. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    11. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)

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