Attar of Roses’ Geranium

Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses'

Instead of using rose petals, the petals of this geranium are often pressed into service to make ‘rose’ oil (because it takes 150 pounds of roses to make 1 ounce of essential oil!) Little pink flowers cover the plant in late Summer and are great candidates for candying. The flowers make attractive confetti when used in sorbets and jellies. Rose geranium makes an unimaginably delicious ice cream when the custard is steeped with the leaves – not to mention a divine pound cake. Yum! Rose geranium leaves and flowers are an essential ingredient in herb waters served in the OAEC Kitchen.

Water: Drought tolerant once established but looks better with some Summer water

Hardiness: Frost tender, but can survive outside if protected from frost

Habit: Herbaceous perennial to 3' tall

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade

Soil: Very adaptable

Origin: South Africa

Attar of Roses’ Geranium