French Lace Scented Geranium

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Earlier this year I told myself, No more geraniums, unless it is a nutmeg geranium since my favourite plant bit the dust over the winter. However, that instruction fell out the window when I found this pretty, lemon-scented Pelargonium crispum x ‘Variegated Prince Rupert’ aka ‘Variegatum’ on sale for $1.99.

How could I not get it?

The plant was overgrown with several suckers coming up around the edges that I have since pulled out and put into some water. Interestingly enough, those new plants are not variegated.

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4 thoughts on “French Lace Scented Geranium

  1. Seems I always get a non-variegated plant whenever I take a cutting from a variegated one. What is it about starting life as a cutting that resets the type of leaf it will produce?

  2. Michael: In the past I have purchased most from Richter’s Herbs when they have come into town for various events. I got this one from Humber Nurseries.

    Becki: I believe the variegation is a weaker mutation so the plant wants to revert back as a survival mechanism.

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