Geranium Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle' (Dw/d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle'


Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle', commonly known as Geranium, showcases a striking display of ornamental features that make it a favored choice for gardeners and plant enthusiasts. This cultivar is characterized by its vibrant and colorful blooms that typically exhibit a radiant hue. Each flower boasts a rounded shape with multiple petals that can sometimes appear ruffled or attractively veined, often with a different colored eye or pattern in the center, creating a stunning contrast. The foliage of the Geranium presents a lush backdrop to its vivid flowers. Leaves are typically heart-shaped or round, with a soft, often velvety texture. They can be deep green in color and might exhibit a zonal pattern, with darker bands or zones that provide an interesting variegation. The arrangement of the leaves is dense, forming a robust and bushy appearance with stems that are sturdy and branching, supporting both the blooms and the verdant canopy of leaves. Overall, the Geranium 'Dame Anna Neagle' imparts an eye-catching splash of color and fullness making it a distinguished and delightful addition to container gardens, flower beds, borders, and outdoor living spaces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Scented Geranium, Storksbill, Pelargonium.

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle' (Dw/d).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Pelargonium, commonly known as geranium, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. However, ingestion in very large quantities could potentially cause mild upset stomach due to the presence of various compounds within the plant tissue.

    • To pets

      Geraniums can be toxic to pets, particularly dogs and cats. If ingested, they may cause symptoms such as vomiting, anorexia, depression, and dermatitis. It is particularly important to keep these plants out of reach of pets to avoid any potential health issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Adds colorful blooms and aesthetic beauty to gardens and patios.
    • Easy to Grow: Suitable for novice gardeners as it requires minimal maintenance.
    • Drought Tolerance: Can survive with less water, making it ideal for dry climates.
    • Container Gardening: Perfect for growing in pots, allowing for decorative versatility.
    • Pest Resistance: Naturally resistant to many common garden pests.
    • Long Blooming: Produces flowers for extended periods, providing lasting enjoyment.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites beneficial insects like bees and butterflies to the garden.

  • 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 'Dame Anna Neagle', commonly known as Scented Geranium, can be used as a natural fabric freshener by placing leaves in drawers or closets to impart a pleasant aroma to linens or clothing.
    • When infused in water or vinegar, Scented Geranium leaves can be used to create a gentle and aromatic cleaning solution for countertops and floors.
    • The leaves can also be added to sugar to create a subtly flavored sweetener for use in teas, baking, or cocktails.
    • During the Victorian era, Scented Geranium leaves were placed in finger bowls for guests to rinse their fingers, adding a refreshing scent to the water.
    • Petals of the Scented Geranium can be used as a decorative, aromatic garnish on salads, desserts, and other dishes.
    • The leaves can also be frozen in ice cubes to create visually appealing and fragrantly enhanced drinks.
    • Used in potpourri, Scented Geranium leaves contribute a lasting fragrance to the mix and can be mixed with other dried flowers and spices.
    • The plant can be grown as a companion plant in gardens to help repel insect pests with its fragrant leaves.
    • Dried Scented Geranium leaves can be used to stuff sachets or pillows, providing a natural way to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.
    • Flower enthusiasts can use the vibrant flowers of Scented Geraniums in floral arrangements to add color and texture, as well as a slight fragrance.

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

    • Healing: Pelargoniums, commonly known as geraniums, have been used traditionally for their medicinal properties, symbolizing the power to heal physical and emotional wounds.
    • Friendship: Geraniums can signify positive relationships and the maintenance of friendships, often given as gifts to express kinship or affection.
    • Peace and Tranquility: With their soothing fragrance and delicate petals, geraniums embody calmness and the ability to ease stress and discord.
    • Fertility and New Life: Geraniums are often associated with reproduction and growth, symbolizing new beginnings and the proliferation of ideas or ventures.

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

    Geraniums should be watered deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Typically, this could mean watering every 7 to 10 days, depending on environmental conditions like temperature and humidity. Apply water directly to the soil to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. When you water, ensure that the plant receives enough to saturate the soil thoroughly; for a medium-sized pot, this might be about 16 ounces every week during the growing season. In winter, reduce watering to every two weeks or less, just enough to prevent the soil from completely drying out.

  • sunLight

    Geraniums thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and should be placed in a spot where they receive at least six hours of daylight daily. Direct morning sun is beneficial, but protection from harsh afternoon rays can prevent leaf scorch. An east-facing window or a shaded south-west-facing window are ideal spots for geraniums to ensure they receive the right amount of light without being exposed to excessive direct sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Geraniums prefer a temperate range of 65°F to 75°F during the day and not below 50°F at night. They can tolerate temperatures up to about 80°F, but consistently higher temperatures can stress the plant. During winter, keeping geraniums in a cooler but non-freezing environment, around 55°F to 60°F, can help them rest and prepare for spring growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune geraniums to encourage bushier growth, remove dead or damaged foliage, and promote better air circulation. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cut back leggy stems to about 4 to 6 inches to stimulate new growth, and remove any yellowed or brown leaves. Deadheading spent flowers is also recommended to maintain a neat appearance and promote continued blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Geraniums like Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle' thrive best in a soil mix that is light, well-draining and rich in organic matter. A blend of two parts peat moss, one part perlite or sand, and one part compost or loam is ideal. The soil pH should range from 6.0 to 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Geraniums such as Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle' should generally be repotted every one to two years. It's best to repot in the spring just before the growing season when the plant has outgrown its current container or the soil is depleted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Geraniums, like Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle', prefer moderate humidity levels. They perform best in residential indoor environments that usually have a humidity level around 40-60%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moderately dry.

    • Outdoor

      Ensure full sun to partial shade and protect from frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle', commonly known as a type of geranium, begins its life as a seed, which when sown in well-draining soil and exposed to warmth and light, will germinate. Once the seedling emerges, it enters the vegetative stage, developing leaves and stems through photosynthesis and growth processes. As the plant matures, it produces distinctive flowers, which is the reproductive stage, attracting pollinators for sexual reproduction or it may reproduce asexually through cuttings. After pollination, the plant forms seeds, completing its reproductive cycle. Eventually, as the plant ages and environmental conditions become less favorable, it enters the senescence stage, where its metabolic functions decline leading to the end of the plant's life cycle. However, given adequate care and ideal conditions, Pelargoniums can be quite long-lived, often treated as perennials in mild climates.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Pelargonium 'Dame Anna Neagle', commonly known as a type of geranium, is most effectively propagated through stem cuttings. This popular method typically occurs during the warmer months, spring through early summer, to give the cuttings the best chance for rooting. To propagate through cuttings, a healthy, non-flowering stem of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long is selected and cut just below a node with a sharp, clean knife or scissors. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is often dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a well-draining soil mix, often a combination of peat and perlite or sand. The pot is placed in a warm, brightly lit area, though not in direct sunlight, and kept moist until roots have established and new growth is apparent, signaling a successful propagation.