Stellar Geranium Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood'


Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood' is a vibrant and decorative flowering plant that catches the eye with its unique and showy blooms. The flowers of this plant are notably characterized by their star-shaped petals that come in a striking blend of colors, usually featuring shades of deep reds, vivid pinks, or rich purples, that stand out against a lighter or sometimes white center. These star-shaped blooms are often accented with striking dark maroon or almost black markings that can appear as streaks or spots, contributing to their dramatic appearance. The foliage of Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood' is also quite distinctive. The leaves typically exhibit a zonal pattern, which manifests as darker circular bands that contrast with the overall brighter green of the leaves. These leaves are commonly rounded with a somewhat ruffled or serrated edge, adding texture to the plant's silhouette. As a member of the geranium family, this plant exudes the typical geranium fragrance from its foliage, which can be particularly noticeable when the leaves are brushed or on warm sunny days. It's a popular choice in gardens and on patios for its ornamental features and is often grown in containers or hanging baskets to showcase its attractive form and colorful blossoms.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Stellar Geranium, Fancy-Leaf Geranium, Zonal Geranium.

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Geraniums, including the variety Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood', have a low level of toxicity when ingested by humans. They are generally considered non-toxic and do not pose a significant threat. However, in some cases, eating parts of the plant can result in mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea. It is always advisable to avoid ingesting any part of a geranium and keep them out of reach of children who might accidentally consume them.

    • To pets

      Geraniums, including the Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood', can be toxic to pets, particularly cats and dogs, if ingested. The most common symptoms of geranium poisoning in pets can include vomiting, anorexia, depression, and dermatitis. In severe cases, ingestion can potentially lead to more serious reactions such as hypotension and hypothermia. Pet owners should keep geraniums out of reach from their animals and seek veterinary attention immediately if they suspect their pet has ingested any part of the 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

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and unique star-shaped flowers to gardens and containers.
    • Easy to Grow: Known for being low-maintenance and easy to care for, suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it has good resistance to short periods of drought.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, promoting pollination in the garden.
    • Versatility: Can be grown in flower beds, containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes, offering diverse landscaping options.
    • Long Blooming: Produces flowers over a long period, often from spring till fall, providing extended beauty.
    • Heat Tolerance: Capable of withstanding higher temperatures, making it suitable for warm climates.
    • Pruning Tolerance: Responds well to pruning and can be shaped to maintain a desirable appearance.
    • Varied Use: Can be used as bedding plants, for edging, or as ornamental features in mixed plantings.

  • 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

    • Potpourri Ingredient: The scented leaves of geraniums can be dried and added to potpourri mixes for a pleasant fragrance.
    • Flavoring for Foods: Geraniums can be used to infuse sugar or jellies with their unique flavor, commonly done in culinary practices.
    • Decorative Ice Cubes: Freeze geranium petals in ice cube trays to create visually appealing ice cubes for summer drinks.
    • Natural Fabric Dye: Geranium leaves and flowers can be used to dye fabrics or paper, producing a range of colors including greens and yellows.
    • Companion Planting: Geraniums can be planted in the garden to help deter certain pests from other plants.
    • Theme Gardens: Incorporate geraniums into a 'Stellar' themed garden, highlighting stellar-shaped blooms or celestial garden designs.
    • Edging Plants: Use these geraniums as colorful edge plants in flower beds for aesthetic bordering.
    • Teaching Tool: Use the plant in educational settings to teach about hybridization and plant breeding techniques.
    • Homemade Potpourris: Their vibrant colors and pleasant scent make geraniums a popular choice for making homemade sachets.
    • Art Supplies: Pressed geranium flowers can be used in art projects, like creating natural artwork or decorations.

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: The cozy, homely appearance of Geraniums is often associated with comfort and emotional warmth, echoing a feeling of being at ease.
    • Friendship: Geraniums can symbolize close bonds between friends, perhaps due to their use in gardens and homes where friends gather.
    • Health: Historically, some geraniums were believed to promote health and were used in folk medicine, symbolizing a wish for good health.
    • Happiness: The bright and varied colors of Geranium flowers are seen as a token of happiness and positive emotions.
    • Peace: The plant is sometimes associated with tranquility and peace, mirroring the serene environment it can create in a home garden.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Stellar geraniums should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, approximately every 7 to 10 days, but this frequency can vary depending on climate and indoor conditions. When watering, use room temperature water and soak the soil until water runs out of the bottom of the pot, indicating that the soil is fully saturated. Ensure that any excess water is drained away to prevent root rot. During the growing season in spring and summer, these plants may require more frequent watering, perhaps once or twice a week, but always check the soil moisture before adding water. In the winter, reduce watering to prevent over-saturating the soil, as the plant’s water needs decrease.

  • sunLight

    Stellar geraniums require bright, indirect sunlight to thrive, with an ideal spot being near a south or west-facing window where they can get at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. Direct midday sun should be avoided as it can scorch the leaves, so if the light is too intense, consider using a sheer curtain to filter it. If the plant is not receiving enough light, its stems may become leggy and its flowering may be reduced.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Stellar geraniums prefer a temperature range between 65°F and 75°F during the day, and they can tolerate nighttime temperatures as low as 55°F. They should be kept away from drafts and sudden temperature changes. Protect them from frost and avoid temperatures below 50°F, as these plants are not frost-tolerant. Maintaining a consistent temperature within the ideal range will help ensure healthy growth and abundant flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune stellar geraniums to encourage bushier growth, remove dead or yellowing leaves, and promote more vigorous flowering. Pruning is best done in early spring before new growth begins. Cut back leggy stems and any spent flower stalks to just above a node or a set of leaves. Regular deadheading of faded blooms will also help to encourage continuous flowering throughout the season. Perform major pruning annually and maintain the plant’s shape through light trimming as needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For the Stellar Geranium (Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood'), a well-draining potting mix is essential; use equal parts peat, pine bark, and coarse sand or perlite. An ideal pH level for this geranium should be slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Stellar Geraniums should be repotted every one to two years, or when the plant outgrows its current container. This ensures fresh soil and space for continued root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Stellar Geraniums prefer moderate to slightly dry humidity levels. They perform well in typical indoor humidity, without the need for extra misting or humidity trays.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and water when top soil is dry.

    • Outdoor

      Needs full sun to partial shade, and protection from harsh weather.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Stellar Geranium (Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood') begins with the germination of a seed in a soil with good drainage and ample warmth. Seedlings emerge and grow into young plants with distinctive lobed leaves, which then mature and develop the characteristic thick, succulent stems of a mature Stellar Geranium. The plant enters its flowering stage, producing vividly colored blooms that may be red, pink, purple, or white, often with contrasting markings, and this display can last from spring until fall with proper care. After flowering, if conditions allow, the plant can produce seeds, completing its reproductive cycle. In regions with cold winters, Stellar Geraniums may die back and enter a period of dormancy; however, they are often treated as annuals or overwintered indoors. With their perennial nature, if protected from frost, they can survive for several years, producing new growth and flowers each season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Pelargonium 'Stellar Deanna Westwood', commonly known as a type of Geranium, is predominantly propagated through stem cuttings. The ideal time for taking cuttings is in late summer to early fall, ensuring they establish roots before the dormancy period. To propagate, a healthy, non-flowering stem of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) is cut just below a node. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone powder to encourage root development. The stem is then planted in a well-draining potting mix, kept moist and placed in indirect light. Roots usually develop within a few weeks, after which it can be transplanted to a larger pot or to its final growing location. This method is simple, efficient, and maintains the characteristics of the parent plant.