Geranium Houseplants: Learn How To Grow Geraniums Indoors
The following are some interesting facts about geranium plants:
1) They have been used for centuries in medicine.
They were used as cough suppressant, stomachic, diuretic, and even aphrodisiac. A few of them have been known to cure various diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis. Some of them have been known to prevent or treat many other ailments.
2) There are over 200 species of geraniums.
Their flowers vary in color from white, pink, purple, red, orange and yellow. The most common ones are the geranium, jasmine, lily and rose.
3) Geraniums are native to India and China.
They were introduced into Europe during the Middle Ages when they were brought there as ornamental plants. However, it was not until the 19th century that they became popularly appreciated in Europe due to their use in perfumes and incense.
4) There are many different varieties of geraniums available.
In fact, they are available in over 30,000 different kinds.
5) The leaves of the plant have a light scent of cherry.
Their flowers have a stronger scent though. Some of these are similar to the scents of oranges and lemons. There are also scented geraniums that smell like peppermint, rose, apple, ginger, pineapple and even coconuts!
6) They are popular plants to own for several reasons.
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