Pelargonium × hortorum
|Pelargonium × hortorum|
|Species:||P. × hortorum|
|Pelargonium × hortorum
Pelargonium × hortorum, (also called zonal geranium, garden geranium, malva or malvón), is a nothospecies of Pelargonium most commonly used as an ornamental plant. It is a hybrid between Pelargonium zonale and Pelargonium inquinans. Availability includes the usual nursery "seed-grown" and the "cutting grown" types, which can easily be propagated at home by cutting and planting side branches. These are stocky and large. The flowers can be single or double. The leaves are often fragrant. The flowers come in many colors, including red, shades of pink and white. Recently, orange and yellow cultivars have been developed. Many cultivars have been grown since the late eighteenth century. Cultivars with very double flowers and no anthers are called Rosebud Pelargoniums since the flowers never open completely and therefore resemble a rosebud.
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