Geranium Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring' (Z/v)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pelargonium 'Flower of Spring'


The 'Flower of Spring' is a vibrant and eye-catching cultivar, adored for its generous display of blossoms. This plant is known for its clumps of soft, luscary green foliage that provide a lush background for the florid spectacle that truly defines it. The leaves are typically rounded, often with a slight heart shape, and may have a velvety or ruffled texture. The real showstoppers are the flowers. They come in a profusion of bright hues, ranging from vivid pinks to deep reds, with many variations that might include streaks, stripes, or blotches of contrasting colors, that stand out against the foliage. Each bloom has a classic geranium shape, with five petals that flatly spread out to create a rounded appearance. The petals are velvety and look delicate, yet they're robust enough to last for quite some time. The 'Flower of Spring' produces these blooms in clusters that rise just above the foliar canopy on slender, yet sturdy stems. The flowering period extends over several months, often from late spring through fall, depending on the climate and care provided. This floriferous nature ensures a long-lasting display of color in any garden or container where it's grown. Moreover, the plant may develop a bushy habit, filling its designated space with dense greenery and a constellation of colorful flowers that are irresistible to both the eye and the local pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. It's not only the charm of the blooms that captivate but also their subtle, pleasing fragrance that can entice the senses on a warm day. Easy to care for and capable of adapting to various growing conditions, the 'Flower of Spring' is a favorite among garden enthusiasts who seek a reliable source of beauty and color for their outdoor spaces. Its aesthetic appeal is complemented by a hardy nature, making it a suitable choice for gardeners of all levels of experience.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Geranium, Pelargonium, Zonal Geranium.

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring' (Z/v).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Geraniums, including the 'Flower of Spring' variety, are generally considered non-toxic to humans. However, ingesting any part of the plant might cause mild irritation or an upset stomach in some individuals. While they are not known to be significantly poisonous, it's advisable to avoid consuming plant parts due to the possibility of gastrointestinal discomfort.

    • To pets

      Geraniums are known to be toxic to pets, such as dogs and cats. If a pet ingests any part of a geranium, it can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, depression, and dermatitis. In severe cases, ingestion could potentially lead to more serious outcomes. It's essential to keep geraniums away from pets and seek veterinary care if you suspect your pet has ingested this plant.

  • 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

    • Easy to Grow: Pelargoniums are known for being easy to care for, making them a good choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.
    • Long Blooming Period: They typically have a long flowering period, often from spring through fall, providing long-lasting color and visual interest.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, they can tolerate periods of drought, making them suitable for xeric landscapes or regions with water restrictions.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers can attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Versatile: Pelargoniums are suitable for a range of settings, including container gardens, hanging baskets, and as bedding plants in borders.
    • Decorative Foliage: Many varieties feature attractive foliage with patterns or scents, adding to their ornamental appeal.
    • Color Variety: Comes in a range of colors, allowing gardeners to create varied and vibrant displays.

  • 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

    • As an ingredient in scented homemade candles – The essential oils of geranium can be extracted and used to provide a pleasant aroma to candle waxes.
    • In homemade potpourri – Dried geranium leaves and flowers contribute both a colorful appearance and a fragrant scent to potpourri blends.
    • For natural dyeing – The petals of geranium can be used to produce a natural dye for fabrics or paper, often resulting in shades of pink or purple.
    • As a food decoration – Though not widely known as an edible flower, geranium petals can add a colorful garnish to salads and desserts, though they should be consumed in moderation.
    • In floral crafts – Geranium flowers can be pressed and used in crafting for making bookmarks, cards, or in resin jewelry.
    • To create aromatic bath salts – Crushed geranium leaves and flowers can be mixed with Epsom salts and essential oils to create fragrant bath salts.
    • As natural moth repellent – Dried geranium leaves can be placed in sachets to deter moths in closets and drawers.
    • To enhance compost – Geranium leaves and stems can be added to compost piles to contribute nutrients and organic matter.
    • In educational projects – Geraniums can be used to teach botany and plant propagation, as they are easy to grow from cuttings.
    • For photography and art – The vivid flowers and foliage of geraniums make them great subjects for photography and botanical illustration.

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

    • Rebirth and Renewal: The name 'Flower of Spring' signifies new beginnings and the end of winter, symbolizing fresh starts and rejuvenation.
    • Healing: Historically, geraniums have been associated with health and healing, representing the plant's traditional use in herbal remedies.
    • Friendship: Geraniums are often given as gifts to express affection or to celebrate friendships, symbolizing companionship and mutual respect.
    • Peace and Harmony: The geranium can be a symbol of tranquility and the pursuit of a harmonious existence.
    • Protection: Some cultures believe that the geranium has the power to ward off negative energies and protect against evil spirits.

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

    Geraniums, the common name for Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring', prefer to be watered thoroughly but not too frequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions. You may need to water your geraniums once a week, but this can vary depending on the climate and the season. During the hotter summer months or if the plant is in a particularly sunny spot, more frequent watering may be necessary, possibly as often as every 3-4 days. Generally, aim for about one-inch of water per week, either from rainfall or manual watering. Always water the plant at the base, avoiding wetting the foliage, to prevent issues such as leaf spot or fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Geraniums thrive in bright, indirect sunlight or in an area that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The best spot for your Geranium 'Flower of Spring' is a sunny windowsill, a sunroom, or any space where it can get ample light without being exposed to the harsh midday sun. If placed outdoors, ensure it's in a location where the early morning or late afternoon sun can reach it, but where it can be shaded during peak sunlight hours to avoid scorching the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Geraniums prefer moderate temperatures, ideally between 65°F and 75°F during the day and not below 50°F at night. They can withstand temperatures up to about 80°F, but hotter conditions can cause them to stop blooming. Geraniums are not frost-hardy and should be protected or brought indoors if temperatures are expected to drop below 50°F. The ideal temperature range facilitates abundant flowering and healthy growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning geraniums promotes bushy growth and encourages more blooms. You should prune your Geranium 'Flower of Spring' by removing dead or faded flowers and any leggy or yellowing leaves. A more thorough pruning can be done in early spring or late winter, cutting back the plant by one-third to one-half to stimulate new growth. Pruning every few weeks or as needed helps maintain the plant's shape and health, and the best time to prune is when you notice the plant getting too spindly or overgrown.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Geraniums, such as Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring', thrive best in a well-draining soil mix consisting of equal parts peat, perlite, and potting soil. The ideal soil pH for geraniums should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Geraniums like Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring' should typically be repotted every one to two years to refresh the soil and provide room for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Geraniums, including Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring', prefer moderate humidity levels but are quite adaptable and can tolerate indoor humidity conditions without requiring special care.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, not direct sun, and water when dry.

    • Outdoor

      Full to partial sun, shelter from harsh weather.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Geranium 'Flower of Spring', a perennial or occasionally biennial plant, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which requires light, moisture, and warm temperatures. After germination, the seedlings develop into juvenile plants, forming a rosette of leaves and establishing a root system. As the plant matures, it enters the vegetative stage, characterized by vigorous leaf growth and the development of stems. Once mature, the geranium produces distinctive, colorful flowers that attract pollinators, leading to the reproductive stage where it forms seeds for the next generation. After flowering, the plant may enter a period of dormancy, particularly in cooler climates, preserving energy for the subsequent growing season. The plant can be propagated through cuttings, which can skip the seed stage, quickly progressing to vegetative growth and flowering.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • For the Pelargonium 'Flower of Spring', commonly known as a type of Geranium, the most popular method of propagation is through stem cuttings. This is typically done in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. To propagate, a healthy stem about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 cm) long is cut just below a leaf node. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end may be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then planted in a pot with well-draining soil, watered lightly, and placed in indirect light. It's important to maintain humidity around the cutting, sometimes by covering the pot with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect. Roots usually develop within a few weeks, after which the new geranium plant can gradually acclimate to less humid conditions before being transplanted outdoors once the danger of frost has passed.