October 2020 – Geranium/Pelargonium

KINGDOM: Plantae

ORDER: Geraniales

FAMILY: Geraniaceae

GENUS: Geranium/Pelargonium

What I often call a geranium is really a pelargonium and if I call it a pelargonium it is probably a geranium, but, the flowers of geranium and pelargonium are not the same. The plants share the same classification right down to genus level where each has its own identity.

So why are they different? Geranium flowers have five similar petals; pelargonium blooms have two upper petals which are different from the three lower petals.

Geranium, pelargonium – potatoe portato – tomatoe, tormato ……. maybe it doesn’t matter why you call it because it’s still pretty.

Thanks Newsletter Sue

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