ⓘ Apple pelargonium. Pelargonium odoratissimum is a pelargonium species native to South Africa. It is also known as the apple geranium or apple pelargonium due to ..


ⓘ Apple geranium

Pelargonium odoratissimum is a pelargonium species native to South Africa. It is also known as the apple geranium or apple pelargonium due to the distinct apple scent. It is in the subgenus Reniforme along with Pelargonium sidoides and Pelargonium exstipulatum.


1. Etymology

Pelargonium comes from the Greek; Pelargos which means stork. Another name for pelargoniums is storksbills due the shape of their fruit. Odoratissimum refers to the highly scented leaves.


2. Description

Pelargonium odoratissimum is a small, spreading species which only grows up to 30 cm high and 60 cm wide. It has small pale pink flowers and its leaves are waxy, green and ovate.


3. Cultivars and hybrids

There are quite a few cultivars and hybrids of Pelargonium odoratissimum. These cultivars and hybrids include:

  • Pelargonium Lillan Pottinger - An apple scented hybrid of P. odoratissimum and P. × fragrans.
  • Pelargonium × fragrans - A hybrid between P. odoratissimum and Pelargonium exstipulatum. It has spicy, eucalyptus scented leaves. A popular cultivar of this is P. Old Spice which smells as the name suggests; of Old Spice.
  • Pelargonium odoratissimum Big Apple - A variety with larger leaves and a "Granny Smith" apple scent.
  • Pelargonium odoratissimum Fringed Apple - A variety with a slight hint of mint as well as apple fragrance.

4. Uses

As well as being a houseplant or outdoor perennial depending on climate, Pelargonium odoratissimum has another use. It is used for its astringent, tonic and antiseptic effects. It is used internally for debility, gastroenteritis, and hemorrhage and externally for skin complaints, injuries, and neuralgia and throat infections. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy and has a delicious apple aroma. It is also used to balance the hormonal system, menstrual flow, and clean the body of toxins.

In Cyprus the leaves are used to flavour cake and pastry syrups. It also sometimes preserved and eaten as a spoon sweet glyko.

  • succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as geraniums pelargoniums, or storksbills. Confusingly, Geranium is the botanical name and also common name
  • leaves of the shrub Pelargonium odoratissimum apple geranium or Pelargonium graveolens rose geranium which add some astringency and a slight aroma
  • Pteridium esculentum bidgee - widge Acaena novae - zelandiae native geranium Geranium solanderi var. solanderi kidneyweed Dichondra repens snow grass
  • on the leaves of a wide range of plants, including apple birch, blueberry, cherry, currant, geranium grass, maple, oak, poplar, soybean, sweetfern, walnut
  • often has a bitter tang. The smell is variously reported to resemble geraniums or apple sauce. Russula fellea appears in autumn, and is found with beech
  • palmarosa oil, and citronella oil, it also occurs in small quantities in geranium lemon, and many other essential oils. With a rose - like scent, it is commonly
  • adesmiifolia stinking pennywort Hydrocotyle laxiflora native geranium Geranium solanderi var. solanderi Sheep s Burr Acaena echinata, native carrot
  • Geocarpon minimum tinytim Geranium arboreum Hawaiian red - flowered geranium Geranium kauaiense Kauai geranium Geranium multiflorum manyflowered cranesbill
  • Oregano Oregano Fair, March 26 to April 6 Hualahuises: Feria del Geranio Geranium Fair, March 18 to March 20 Salinas Victoria: Municipal holiday March
  • cottage gardens some still in print, and held the National Collection of Geraniums She also assembled a large collection of snowdrop species. The gardens