Geranium Pelargonium 'Little Alice' (Dw/d)

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


Pelargonium 'Little Alice' is a charming garden plant known for its attractive foliage and delightful flowers. The plant features rounded, soft green leaves that have a slight zonal pattern, which appears as darker green circular bands near the center of the leaves. This variegation adds a decorative touch to the plant even when it's not in bloom. The blooms of 'Little Alice' are particularly striking, presenting themselves in clusters of dainty flowers. Each individual flower showcases a pale pink to lavender hue with darker purple markings on the upper petals that resemble delicate veins or brush strokes. These markings provide a beautiful contrast and depth to the flower's appearance, making the plant stand out in any garden setting. The overall appearance of 'Little Alice' is one of lush, dense foliage interspersed with these gentle bursts of color. The plant exudes a cottage garden charm and can contribute to a sense of whimsy in the landscape. The compact and bushy growth habit of this plant makes it an ideal choice for garden borders, containers, and as a stand-alone specimen. Its richly colored blooms and elegant leaves offer visual interest throughout its blooming period, creating a lovely display in any outdoor space.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Sweet Alice, Dwarf Geranium

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Little Alice'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Pelargonium 'Little Alice', commonly known as a type of geranium, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. Ingesting parts of the plant may cause minor symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, but serious toxicity is unusual.

    • To pets

      Geraniums, including the Pelargonium 'Little Alice', can be toxic to pets if ingested. The plant contains essential oils and compounds like geraniol and linalool which may cause symptoms such as vomiting, anorexia, depression, and dermatitis in animals. Cats may be particularly sensitive to the toxic effects of geraniums compared to other pets. If ingestion occurs, contacting a veterinarian would be advisable.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Compact Growth: Well-suited for small gardens or spaces due to its dwarf size.
    • Attractive Foliage: Offers decorative value with its lush green leaves.
    • Floral Display: Blooms with vibrant flowers that can enhance visual interest in garden spaces.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care, which makes it a good choice for novice gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Able to withstand periods without water, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Pest Resistance: Generally resistant to common garden pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Adaptability: Can be grown in containers or garden beds, offering flexibility in garden design.
    • Long Flowering Season: Provides a prolonged display of blooms during its flowering period.
    • Non-Invasive: Does not aggressively spread, which helps in maintaining desired garden aesthetics and controlling growth.

  • 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 'Little Alice', commonly known as geranium, can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, imparting a subtle greenish hue to textiles.
    • The plant's leaves can be infused in oils to create scented candles or diffuser blends, offering a unique floral aroma to living spaces.
    • Geraniums can be planted as companion plants in vegetable gardens to repel pests that may attack crops like tomatoes and peppers.
    • Dried geranium petals can be incorporated into potpourri mixes, contributing to the visual appeal and fragrance of the mixture.
    • The leaves of the geranium can be used to line cake tins when baking, imparting a faint floral essence to the finished dessert.
    • Pressed geranium flowers and leaves make attractive and natural embellishments for handmade paper or cards.
    • Dried or fresh geranium leaves can be used as bookmarks and will release their scent when the pages of the book are turned.
    • Geranium foliage can be used in floral arrangements as filler, providing a lush green backdrop that accentuates the color of other flowers.
    • The petals of geranium can be added to bath salts for an aesthetically pleasing and aromatic bathing experience.
    • When frozen into ice cubes, small geranium leaves or petals can add a decorative touch to summer drinks and cocktails.

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: Pelargoniums, commonly known as geraniums, often symbolize comfort due to their cozy and homely appearance, evoking feelings of a traditional, well-tended home.
    • Friendship: The geranium is frequently given as a gift between friends to symbolize a close and enduring relationship.
    • Health: With their lush foliage, geraniums are also associated with health and vitality, symbolizing a wish for good health and a long life.
    • Good Luck: Their bright and cheerful flowers can represent good luck, making them a common gift for new endeavors or to wish someone success.
    • Peace: The calming presence of geraniums, alongside their gentle scent, can signify peace and tranquility, suggesting a state of relaxation and contentment.

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

    Geraniums, including the variety 'Little Alice', prefer a consistent watering schedule where the soil is allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Typically, watering thoroughly once a week should be sufficient, but this can vary depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. When watering, aim to apply approximately one gallon of water per square foot of soil, ensuring that the water penetrates deeply to reach the roots. During hot, dry periods, you might need to water more frequently, while in cooler, damp conditions, less water may be required. It's important to avoid overwatering which can lead to root rot; always check the top inch of the soil for dryness before watering.

  • sunLight

    Geraniums, like 'Little Alice', thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Direct light can cause leaf scorch, especially during the peak hours of the day, so it's best to place them in a spot where they will receive morning light or filtered afternoon sun. East or west-facing windowsills are often ideal locations for geraniums as they provide ample light without the harsh conditions of direct midday sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Geraniums, including 'Little Alice', prefer temperatures between 65°F and 75°F during the day and should not be exposed to temperatures below 50°F, as cold conditions can damage or kill the plant. They perform best in environments that are not too hot, and extended exposure to temperatures above 85°F can stress the plant. To ensure optimal growth, maintain moderate room temperatures and avoid drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations.

  • scissorsPruning

    Geraniums, including 'Little Alice', need pruning to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Pruning should be done in early spring before the growing season begins. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves and spent flowers, and cut back any leggy stems to promote a more compact shape. Pruning every few months can help maintain the desired form of the plant and improve air circulation, which is beneficial for the plant's health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Scented Geraniums perform best in a soil mix that is well-draining and consists of two parts peat moss to one part perlite or coarse sand. The best pH range for Scented Geraniums is slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Scented Geraniums should be repotted every one to two years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Scented Geraniums prefer moderate humidity levels. Average indoor humidity is usually sufficient, but they can tolerate lower humidity without adverse effects.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place near a sunny window; water when soil feels dry.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil; full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Dwarf Geranium 'Little Alice' begins with germination, where the seeds require warmth, light, and moisture to sprout. Following germination, the seedling stage is characterized by the development of the first true leaves, after which the plant enters the vegetative growth phase, producing a bushy foliage with lobed leaves. As it matures, 'Little Alice' enters the flowering stage, exhibiting clusters of small, delicate flowers that range in colors, typically during the spring and summer months. After pollination, the plant sets seeds, which can be collected once they dry on the plant and are used for propagation. Throughout its life, 'Little Alice' requires regular watering, the occasional feeding, and a pruning regime to encourage bushier growth and to maintain its dwarf stature. If well taken care of, it may survive for several years, enduring through a perennial lifecycle with seasonal dormancy, especially in cooler climates where it may die back to the ground before regrowing in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Pelargonium 'Little Alice', commonly known as scented geranium, is best propagated using stem cuttings. The ideal time to take cuttings is late spring to early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, select a healthy stem that is about 4 to 6 inches long and cut it just below a leaf node using a clean, sharp knife or shears. Remove the lower leaves to expose a few nodes, as these will develop into roots. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth, tapping off any excess. Then, insert the cutting into a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix, with around 2 inches of the stem buried in the soil. Water the cutting and place it in a warm, brightly lit area, avoiding direct sunlight. The cutting should root within a few weeks, at which point it can be gradually acclimated to normal growing conditions.