Geraniums…the powerhouse plant in the garden in terms of longevity & bold color.  Even a very novice gardener like myself can’t miss with including this plant into their landscape.  They grow in just about any soil, in any area of the garden and with minimal care…just about fool proof!

My brother-in-law picked up this interesting vase at a garage sale for only $1!

When doing a casual google search, I was amazed to learn that there are over 400 species of geraniums!  I’m most familiar with the common variety you see at garden centers known as Ivy-leaf geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum).  They come in bold red, white, pink, and orange; however, this year I spotted one with red petals with a soft white strips in the center.  They were so striking I had to get them.

Another interesting fact I learned was that the species Geranium viscosissimum (a.k.a. the Sticky Geranium) is thought to be protocarnivorous; a plant that traps insects but lacks the ability to digest and utilize the prey’s nutrients.  The most well known carnivorous plant is probably the Venus Flytrap.  Who knew plants could have such a nefarious side…oh the amazing world of plants!!

Geranium viscosissimum; photo from laporteavenuenursery.com

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