Geranium Pelargonium 'Wayward Angel' (A)

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


The Pelargonium 'Wayward Angel' is a visually appealing plant commonly known as the geranium. It showcases charming flowers that are typically found in clusters, giving a showy display. The blossoms of this particular geranium variety come in attractive hues, often featuring soft shades that may include pinks, reds, and purples, with each flower exhibiting rounded petals that sometimes have delicate veining or eye-catching patterns. The foliage of 'Wayward Angel' is equally attractive, comprised of leaves that are somewhat rounded and may have a lobed or serrated edge, contributing to the plant's ornamental value. These leaves are often a bright green color, which nicely complements the vibrant tones of the flowers. Additionally, the leaves might carry a unique fragrance, which is a pleasant characteristic of many geraniums, adding another sensory layer to the plant's appeal. The growth habit of 'Wayward Angel' geranium is such that it presents itself in a bushy and compact form, with the flower clusters rising above the foliage, making it eminently suitable for container growth or as a standout in a garden setting. The contrast between the green leaves and the colorful flowers creates a pleasing visual interest that can draw the eye and serve as a focal point amidst other garden plantings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Rose Geranium, Scented Geranium, Pelargonium

    • Common names

      Pelargonium 'Wayward Angel'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) are generally considered non-toxic to humans. However, some individuals may experience mild irritation or an allergic reaction after handling the plants or coming into contact with their oils. If ingested in large quantities, they may cause minor symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, but geraniums are not known to be severely toxic to humans.

    • To pets

      Geraniums can be toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. If a pet ingests part of a geranium, they may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, anorexia, depression, and possibly dermatitis. In cats, geranium toxicity can also cause skin irritation and excessive scratching. It is important to prevent pets from ingesting geraniums to avoid these potential consequences.

  • 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

    • Attracts Pollinators: Pelargoniums are known to attract bees and butterflies, which are essential for pollination and the health of your garden ecosystem.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With its delicate flowers, the plant adds color and vibrancy to gardens, balconies, and indoor spaces.
    • Low Maintenance: The 'Wayward Angel' is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal watering and pruning.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, the plant is quite tolerant to drought, making it suitable for xeriscaping and water-wise gardening.
    • Long Blooming Period: This cultivar can flower for an extended period, often from spring to fall, offering long-lasting visual interest.
    • Container Gardening: Well-suited for pots and containers, allowing those with limited space to enjoy its beauty.
    • Variety of Uses: Can be used in landscape design for borders, ground covers, or as a focal point in garden beds.

  • 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 pleasing scent; the leaves of 'Wayward Angel' can be dried and added to potpourri mixes.
    • The essential oil derived from geraniums like 'Wayward Angel' is often used in aromatherapy for its calming effects.
    • 'Wayward Angel' can be used as a natural dye; the petals can provide a range of colors from greens to yellows and browns when used with different mordants.
    • When planted in a vegetable garden, 'Wayward Angel' geranium may help repel certain pests from crops due to its strong scent.
    • Geranium leaves from plants like 'Wayward Angel' may be infused in water to create a soothing foot soak.
    • The bright flowers of 'Wayward Angel' can be used to decorate cakes and desserts as they are edible (though they should be used sparingly due to their potent flavor).
    • Leaves of 'Wayward Angel' geranium can be placed in cupboards or drawers as a natural deodorizer and insect repellent.
    • Geraniums can be used in homemade natural cleaners; 'Wayward Angel' leaves can be steeped in vinegar to create a fragrant cleaning solution.
    • In art, the crushed petals of geraniums like 'Wayward Angel' can be used to add natural color to paper or fabric crafts.
    • 'Wayward Angel' can serve as a natural pH indicator; when the petals come in contact with certain substances, they may change color depending on the acidity or alkalinity of the solution.

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 - Geraniums, such as the 'Wayward Angel' variety, often symbolize comfort due to their homely and familiar blooms which are a common sight in domestic gardens.
    • Friendship - These plants may signify friendship, as they are a popular gift between friends to share and cultivate in their own spaces, spreading the joy the flowers bring.
    • Peace - The serene appearance of the geranium's flowers can represent peace; a tranquil presence in both gardens and homes.
    • Positive Emotions - 'Wayward Angel' geraniums can evoke positivity, with their bright and colorful flowers lifting spirits and improving moods.
    • Unexpected Surprise - The unique 'Wayward Angel' can symbolize something surprising or unforeseen, possibly due to its distinctive characteristics and the 'Wayward' moniker implying a sense of whimsical spontaneity.

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

    Geraniums like 'Wayward Angel' should be watered deeply but infrequently to encourage strong root development. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings, which typically means watering once every 7 to 10 days, depending on the climate and indoor conditions. When it's time to water, use about one gallon of water for a standard-sized plant in a 10-inch pot, making sure to soak the soil thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes. Avoid getting water on the foliage to prevent disease. In hotter, drier conditions, check the soil more frequently as it may need water sooner.

  • sunLight

    Geraniums, including 'Wayward Angel', thrive best in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate direct sunlight, but in very hot climates, they benefit from afternoon shade to avoid scorching. A spot near a south-facing window with some sheer curtains to diffuse the direct light is ideal. If the lighting is too dim, the plant may become leggy and produce fewer blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Geraniums like 'Wayward Angel' prefer a temperature range between 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit but only for short periods. Frost or prolonged exposure to temperatures below freezing can be damaging to the plant. Ideally, keep the plant in an environment where the temperature remains consistent and above the minimum threshold to encourage healthy growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune geraniums including 'Wayward Angel' to encourage bushy growth and more blooms. Cut back leggy stems and remove any dead or yellowing leaves. Pruning can be done in early spring before new growth starts, and throughout the growing season as needed to maintain shape. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, will also promote further blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Geranium 'Wayward Angel' thrives in a well-draining potting mix with equal parts of peat, perlite, and compost, preferring a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Geraniums like 'Wayward Angel' typically need repotting every one to two years to ensure they have enough space to grow and fresh soil for nutrients.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Geranium 'Wayward Angel' prefers moderate humidity levels but is adaptable to lower humidity typical of household environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place 'Wayward Angel' in bright, indirect light, away from cold drafts.

    • Outdoor

      Ensure full sun to part shade and protect from harsh weather.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-12 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pelargonium 'Wayward Angel', commonly known as Geranium 'Wayward Angel', begins its life cycle when a seed germinates, typically in warm, well-drained soil with ample sunlight. The seedling emerges and develops its first set of true leaves, after which it enters a period of vegetative growth, forming a bushy structure with multiple stems and leaves. As it matures, the geranium produces clusters of attractive flowers, which can be pink, red, purple, or white, depending on the variety. After pollination, the flowers develop into fruit capsules, containing seeds that are dispersed by wind or gravity. In temperate climates, Geranium 'Wayward Angel' may die back in winter but can regrow from its perennial rootstock when conditions improve in spring. Continuous pruning and deadheading encourage further blooming and maintain plant vitality throughout its life span.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Pelargonium 'Wayward Angel', commonly known as a type of Geranium, is often propagated through stem cuttings. The ideal time for taking cuttings is during the late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, a healthy stem about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) 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 placed in a well-draining potting mix or directly into the soil where it is kept moist until roots have established, which usually takes a few weeks. This method is popular because it is straightforward and results in new plants that are genetically identical to the parent plant.