Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse' Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse' (I/d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pelargonium 'Alice Crousse'


'Alice Crousse' is a compact Ivy-leaved pelargonium with large clusters of bright cerise-pink flowers on bushy plants to 25cm in height

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Geranium, Zonal Geranium, Fish Geranium, Horseshoe Geranium, Alice Crousse Geranium.

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Visual Appeal: Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse' is a flowering plant with showy blooms that can enhance the aesthetic value of gardens and indoor spaces.
    • Easy Maintenance: This variety of geranium is known for being easy to care for, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Pest Repellent: Geraniums are often cited as having a natural ability to repel certain pests, which can benefit nearby plants.
    • Drought Resistance: Geraniums are drought-tolerant, requiring less frequent watering than many other plants, making them eco-friendly and low-maintenance.
    • Long Blooming: Geraniums, including this cultivar, have a long blooming season which ensures colorful displays for extended periods.
    • Versatility: This plant can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, or borders, offering flexibility in garden design and space utilization.
    • Adaptability: Geraniums are adaptable to a variety of soil types, although they prefer well-drained soil, making them versatile for different garden conditions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse', also known as Scented Geranium, can be used in creating fragrant potpourri due to its aromatic leaves, often contributing a floral and slightly minty aroma.
    • The leaves can be infused into oils and used in making homemade scented candles, adding a unique and refreshing scent to the environment.
    • Scented Geranium leaves can add flavour to sugar by layering leaves with sugar in a jar, which can then be used to sweeten teas or baked goods.
    • Foliage can be placed among linens and towels to impart a pleasant fragrance, acting as a natural alternative to commercial linen sprays.
    • The plant can be used as a natural insect repellent; the leaves can be rubbed onto the skin or placed near outdoor seating areas to deter insects.
    • When used in companion planting, Scented Geraniums can help protect neighboring plants from certain pests due to their strong scent.
    • The pressed leaves can be used for botanical art and crafts, such as in making greeting cards or bookmarks, for a beautiful and fragrant addition.
    • The flowers can be used as a delicate and edible garnish for desserts and drinks, providing a touch of elegance and a hint of citrus flavour.
    • As a natural dye, the leaves and flowers of the Scented Geranium may be used to add a soft color to fabrics or homemade crafts.
    • The plant can be used in homemade bath products, such as bath bombs or salts, for a relaxing and aromatic experience in the tub.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Geranium is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Geranium is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Comfort: Geraniums, such as the Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse', are often associated with comforting feelings due to their homey appearance and pleasant scent.
    • Friendship: The geranium represents friendship, likely because they are a common, hearty plant that can be shared easily between friends.
    • Health: The geranium is sometimes a symbol of good health, as they are believed to purify the air and promote a healthier environment.
    • Positive Emotions: With their bright blooms and uplifting fragrance, geraniums are often connected to positive emotions such as happiness and optimism.
    • Fertility: In some traditions, geraniums symbolize fertility and abundance because of their lush, full growth.
    • Unity: The geranium's characteristic of having many flowers growing together on a single head is sometimes interpreted as a symbol of coming together or unity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Geranium 'Alice Crousse' should be watered deeply once the top inch of soil feels dry, which is approximately every 7 to 10 days, depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. It's important to avoid overwatering, ensuring the pot has proper drainage to prevent root rot. Water the plant with room temperature water, providing about 16 ounces for smaller pots and up to 2 gallons for larger containers, evenly distributing the water around the base of the plant without splashing the leaves to minimize the risk of disease.

  • sunLight

    Geraniums, like 'Alice Crousse,' thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and can also tolerate direct sunlight for part of the day, making a spot near an east or south-facing window ideal. They perform best with at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily, but during the hot summer months, they should be protected from the harsh, midday sun to prevent leaf scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Geraniums, including 'Alice Crousse,' prefer a temperate climate with daytime temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures about 10 degrees cooler. They can survive minimum temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit but will not tolerate frost. The ideal temperature for promoting lush growth and vibrant blooms in 'Alice Crousse' is within this preferred range.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Geranium 'Alice Crousse' to encourage bushy growth and to remove any dead or yellowing leaves and spent blooms. The best time for pruning is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Cut back up to one-third of the plant's length, making clean cuts just above a leaf node. Regular deadheading of the flowers will also promote continuous blooming throughout the growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for geraniums, such as the Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse', should be well-draining and fertile with a pH ranging between 6.0 and 7.0. A mix consisting of equal parts peat, perlite, and potting soil works well for these plants.

  • plantRepotting

    Geraniums like Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse' should be repotted every 1-2 years or when they outgrow their current container, to ensure they have enough room to grow and to refresh the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Geraniums, including Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse', prefer moderate humidity levels, around 40-60%. They do not require high humidity and can tolerate the drier air found in most homes.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place geranium in bright light, not direct sun, and moderate temps.

    • Outdoor

      Place in partial sun; protect from harsh afternoon rays.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-12 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse', commonly known as a variety of geranium, first begins its life as a seed that germinates in warm, moist soil. Upon germination, the seedling emerges with its first set of true leaves, entering the growth phase where it develops a root system and foliage. As a perennial, it enters a vegetative stage where it grows rapidly, producing lush leaves and stems. Once mature, typically within a few months, it starts the flowering stage, producing vibrant blooms that attract pollinators. After pollination, it sets seed once again, although many geraniums are also propagated through cuttings. In temperate climates, it may enter a period of dormancy during cold weather before resuming growth in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Pelargonium 'Alice Crousse', commonly known as geranium, is most popularly propagated through stem cuttings. To ensure successful propagation, take a healthy stem cutting approximately 4-6 inches (about 10-15 cm) long during late spring or early summer when the plant’s growth is most vigorous. Cut just below a node using a clean, sharp knife or scissors to minimize damage and infection. Remove the lower leaves to expose a few nodes, as roots will develop from these points. Allow the cut end to callous over for a few hours before inserting the cutting into a moist potting mix. Place the cutting in a warm, indirect light area and keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Rooting usually occurs within a few weeks, after which the new plant can be potted up individually.