Pelargonium Scents

Quick Guide to Scents Aromas
of
Scented Geraniums
Scented Leaf Pelargonium
we grow over 100 individual named types

TIPsee the scent category table below, click on a link and read the main details page for each type as scented geraniums do vary quite a lot and do not take a standard form or size.

Worldwide it is thought that there are several thousand different types of scented pelargonium cultivars; these plants are often referred to as scented geraniums.
There are also over 250 scented pelargonium species, with many of these still growing wild in countries such as South Africa.
Needless to mention, it is an impossibility that all of these could ever be grown by one person or company.  Being such a diverse group of plants it has been and remains extremely difficult to keep track of new introductions and many are never fully accredited or recorded for posterity.
However, once accustomed to growing scented geraniums the diversity of the individual types does become noticeable and generally differences between types would be obvious to the trained eyes of a keen gardener:

  • variation of the scent or aroma of natural oils are contained in the leaves, as opposed to the flower.
    One must always consider that a particular scent will always be a very individual and subjective personal experience.
    Some types of scented pelargonium have what is described as a prominent 'top note' i.e. rose with a 'bottom note' say of lemon.  This contrasting scent or aroma does vary tremendously throughout the scented geranium group.
  • leaf colour and or form
  • flower colour and or form
  • growing characteristics, i.e. compact, large, semi-branching, trailing, upright or bushy
  • NOTE - all types in the scented pelargonium group are classified as herbs and the aromatic leaves are safe to use as a flavouring in recipes, just as you would a general herb.
    The 'pretty' scented leaves are used extensively in recipes, aromatherapy, herbal preparations, medicine, cosmetics and perfumes; they are also often used as a sensory aid as they are a very tactile plant.

Scents, alternatively referred to as aromas - here is a quick guide to the types of scented pelargonium that we grow and offer in our online catalogue:

ROSE ROSE LEMON LEMON  APPLE ORANGE

ashby

attar of roses

attar of roses variegated

blandfordianum roseum

camphor rose

capitatum true rose

grey lady plymouth

lady plymouth

lara ballerina

sweet mimosa

sweet miriam

vandersea

candy dancer

dr westerlund

graveolens

graveolens bontrosai

pink capricorn

radula

robers lemon rose

annsbrook beauty

birdbush julie anne

birdbush kay lye

birdbush lemonside

birdbush sweetness

charmay snowflake

citriodorum
also known as
queen of lemons

citronella

crispum variegatum

cys sunburst

galway star

gemstone

lara nomad

lara starshine

lemon fancy

lemon fizz

lemon kiss

mabel grey

papilionaceum

big apple

fringed apple

lilian pottinger

odoratissmum

american prince of orange

charity

orange fizz

prince of orange

princeaneum

AROMATIC and or
PLEASANT
 
 SPICY CEDAR  and
EUCALYPTUS
 CITRUS LAVENDER 

abrotanifolium
also known as
southernwood

dichondraefolium

filicifolium

fulgidum

gibbosum

hemley

hispidum

orsett

red capri

reniforme

sidoides

trifidum

welling

cola bottles

concolor lace
also known as
filbert and
shottesham pet

fairlop

hansens wild spice

old spice

scilly mauve

brunswick 

clorinda

copthorne

secret love

grace thomas

mosquitaway

deerwood lavender lad 

deerwood lavender lass

lavender lindy
 OAK -
WOODSY
 NUTMEG SWEET or
FRUITY
 LIME  EAU-DE-COLOGNE

deans delight

fair ellen

quercifolium
also known as
oak leaf

royal oak

fragrans 

fragrans variegatum

aroma

fruity

birdbush bobby 

birdbush victoria

dorcus bingham

nervosum

brilliantine

 CINNAMON  PEACH  APRICOT  GINGER  STRAWBERRY
ardwick cinnamon birdbush bold and beautiful

crispum peaches and cream

birdbush miriam

birdbush pink and perky

ginger
also known as
torento
lady scarborough
 GRAPEFRUIT NUTTY and
PINE
 MINT    
 poquita

birdbush nutty

creamy nutmeg

fern mint

tomentosum chocolate mint

tomentosum peppermint