Scented Geranium Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique' (U/sc)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pelargonium 'Paton's Unique'


Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', commonly known as scented geranium, is a visually appealing plant renowned for its aesthetic and aromatic qualities. Sporting a lush green foliage, the leaves of this variety are typically rounded with a soft, velvety texture and may often exhibit subtle scalloped edges. The leaves can emanate a delightful, refreshing fragrance when lightly brushed or crushed. The scented geranium blooms with considerable charm, presenting clusters of flowers that are arranged in an umbel-like structure. Each individual bloom exhibits an alluring form with petals that can be intricately patterned. The color palette of the flowers often includes shades of pink or lavender, sometimes accented with darker or more vibrant markings, which adds to the visual appeal of the plant. Depending on the season and growing conditions, the blooms may also attract beneficial pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, adding movement and life to its display. Overall, Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique' provides an enchanting combination of aromatic foliage and colorful blooms that can enhance any garden space or serve as a delightful addition to container plantings on patios or balconies, where its fragrant leaves can be appreciated up close.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Patons Unique Geranium, Unique Pelargonium

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Geraniums, including Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', are not considered highly toxic to humans. However, ingestion of plant parts may cause mild irritation to the mouth, throat, or stomach. In some cases, it might lead to gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea. Contact with the skin can sometimes cause a rash or irritation, especially in individuals with sensitive skin or those with plant allergies. It is generally advisable to avoid ingesting parts of ornamental plants like geraniums. If a person consumes a significant amount or experiences severe symptoms, seeking medical attention is recommended.

    • To pets

      Geraniums, including Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', can be toxic to pets, such as dogs and cats. If ingested, it can cause various symptoms such as vomiting, anorexia, depression, and dermatitis. In cats specifically, geranium poisoning may also cause lethargy, increased thirst, and skin irritation. While not typically life-threatening, ingesting geraniums can be quite unpleasant for a pet and may require veterinary attention. Pet owners should keep geraniums out of reach of their animals to prevent accidental ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', commonly known as scented geranium, features attractive foliage and flowers which enhance garden aesthetics.
    • Aromatic Foliage: The plant is known for its fragrant leaves, which can be used to scent rooms and linens or in potpourris.
    • Drought Tolerance: Scented geraniums are relatively drought-resistant, making them suitable for xeriscaping and low-water gardens.
    • Pest Repellent: The aromatic oils can naturally repel certain insects, making it a companion plant in gardens.
    • Culinary Use: Some parts of the scented geranium are edible and can be used to flavor foods and drinks.
    • Easy Propagation: It is easily propagated from cuttings, allowing gardeners to share and spread the plant.
    • Adaptability: Scented geraniums can adapt to a range of soil types, although they prefer well-draining soil.
    • Container Gardening: They are well-suited to container growth, making them an option for balconies and patios.

  • 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

    • Pelargoniums can be used in potpourri for their fragrant leaves; 'Paton's Unique' contributes a unique scent to the mix.
    • The essential oils extracted from pelargonium leaves can be utilized in homemade perfumes or scented candles.
    • The petals of 'Paton's Unique' are edible and can be used as a colorful garnish on salads and desserts, adding a subtle flavor and aesthetic appeal.
    • Pressed flower craft: The flowers of this pelargonium can be pressed and used in crafts such as creating bookmarks or decorative cards.
    • Photography subject: Due to their distinctive appearance, 'Paton's Unique' can be an excellent subject for botanical photography and art.
    • Linen scenting: Dried leaves of the pelargonium can be placed among linens to impart a fresh, herbal fragrance.
    • Flavor infusion: Leaves can be infused in sugars or syrups to create uniquely flavored sweeteners for teas and cocktails.
    • Natural dye: The petals can be used to make a natural dye for fabrics, with varying shades depending on mordants used.
    • Teaching resource: 'Paton's Unique' can serve as a living specimen for botany or horticulture students to study plant structure and hybridization.
    • Garden design: This pelargonium's striking flowers and foliage can be incorporated into garden designs for accentuation or to create focal points within a plant arrangement.

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, often known as geraniums, are commonly associated with comfort due to their familiar and soothing aroma, which is believed to have calming properties.
    • Health: Geraniums are often indicative of good health because they have been used in traditional medicines for their healing properties, particularly in aromatherapy and herbal remedies.
    • Friendship: The geranium is a symbol of friendship, as it is a plant that is easily shared and propagated, representing the spreading of connections between people.
    • Positivity: Geraniums have bright, uplifting flowers and fragrant leaves, which are often associated with positive emotions and an optimistic outlook on life.
    • Protection: In some folklore, geraniums are thought to ward off negative energies and were historically planted in gardens and around homes for this protective attribute.

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

    Scented geraniums, like the Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', should be watered thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. It is better to water these plants less frequently but deeply, which typically translates to roughly once a week, though this may vary depending on environmental conditions such as heat and humidity. Ensure that the plant receives around 8 to 16 ounces of water per watering session, adjusting based on the size of the pot and the plant. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water as this can lead to root rot. During the winter or in cooler temperatures, reduce watering frequency as the plant’s water requirements decrease.

  • sunLight

    For the best growth, scented geraniums should be placed in a location where they can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of bright, indirect sunlight daily. They thrive in locations that offer morning sunlight with some afternoon shade to protect them from the intense midday sun. East or west-facing windows are ideal spots for these plants indoors.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Scented geraniums prefer an ideal temperature range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to around 50 degrees, but should not be exposed to frost, which can be damaging. During the hot summer months, ensure they are not in temperatures exceeding 85 degrees as that can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune scented geraniums to maintain their shape and promote bushier growth. It is best to prune these plants in early spring or after blooming has occurred. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage new flowers and remove any dead or yellowing leaves to maintain plant health. Light pruning can be done throughout the growing season as needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Geraniums prefer a well-draining potting mix with additions like peat, perlite, and compost. Optimal soil pH ranges from 6.0 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Geraniums should be repotted annually to refresh the soil and accommodate growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Geraniums thrive best in average room humidity levels, between 40% to 60%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      For indoor growth, place geraniums in bright, indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Geraniums need sunny spots, well-drained soil, and protection from frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', commonly known as scented geranium, begins with seed germination, where the tiny seeds develop into small seedlings when exposed to warm temperatures and moist soil. The seedlings then grow into vegetative plants, producing distinctive fragrant leaves and branching stems. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, where it develops clusters of small, unique flowers that can attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers may produce seeds that can be dispersed to start new plants, completing the reproductive cycle if conditions are favorable. In cultivation, scented geraniums are often propagated via cuttings, skipping the seed stage to guarantee the preservation of specific traits. The plant then enters a period of dormancy during colder months and resumes active growth with the return of warmer temperatures.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Pelargonium 'Paton's Unique', commonly known as scented geranium, is most effectively propagated by stem cuttings. The best time to take cuttings for propagation is usually in the spring or early summer when growth is most vigorous. To propagate through cuttings, a healthy non-flowering stem about 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) long should be selected. The leaves from the lower half of the stem should be removed, and the cut end can be dipped into a rooting hormone powder to enhance root development, although this isn't strictly necessary. The prepared cutting should then be placed in a pot filled with a well-draining soil mix, ensuring the leaf nodes where the leaves were removed are buried as these areas are where roots will develop. The soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged, and the cuttings should be kept in a warm, brightly lit area without direct sunlight until roots have formed, which can take several weeks. Once rooted, the cuttings can be transplanted into individual pots or into the garden.