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Pelargonium 'Chocolate Mint'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Geraniaceae (Geraniums)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloomtime: Year-round
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 1 foot
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Pelargonium 'Chocolate Mint' - A spreading and cascading perennial plant that can grow to 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide. The soft pale green leaves have maroon splotches that travel up the main veins of each of the 3 lobes when first emerging and then fade to a rich green as summer progresses. In spring and early summer emerge the pale lavender flowers that have darker reddish-lavender markings from the center, giving the flowers a cheery bicolored look. While the foliage has a pleasingly minty fragrance, it does not smell or taste like chocolate and instead, it is the coloration of the leaf that gives this plant its name. Plant in full sun (loses coloration in shade) and irrigate occasionally to regularly, though we have been told it is quite drought tolerant in the cool climate of San Francisco. Hardy and evergreen to 25 ° F and will often resprout from below after colder winters. Sometimes listed as a selection or hybrid of Pelargonium tomentosum, which it certainly resembles in form, flower and scent. The name for the genus comes from Johannes Burman (1707-1780, a Dutch physician and botanist whom Linnaeus worked for in his youth. Burman first used the name to describe some South African Geraniums in 1738. The name was derived from the Greek word 'pelargós' (pe?a????) meaning "stork" because the seed head looks like that of a stork's beak.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Pelargonium 'Chocolate Mint'.