The plant family Geraniaceae was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.
As of 11-25-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online still lists 8 genera in this family.
I have also included links to Geraniaceae.com and the International Geraniaceae Group for further reading. Geraniaceae.com not only gives a lot of information, they are also a source. There is another site I ran across a while back I will add when I find it.
I always like growing a few from this family, especially the scented leaved species.
For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family. You can click on the plant names under the photos to go to their own pages.
I have seen a couple of colonies of Geranium carolinianum (Carolina Crane’s Bill) on the farm over the past few years. I finally got around to taking photos and giving it a proper ID in 2020. I really like their leaves…
I bought the ancestors of this Geranium sanguineum (Bloody Cranesbill) from Bluestone Perennials way back in 1981. I had moved into my grandparent’s home after grandpa died and put it in a raised bed (concrete planter) that ran along the back porch. I moved away in 1987 and my parents moved in a new manufactured home on the other side of the driveway in 1996. Dad moved the Geranium sanguineum to a bed along the north side of their new home. It isn’t exactly the best place for them, but they have survived for 40 years…
I like variety, and I really enjoy the scented leaves of many Geraniums and Pelargoniums. I found this Pelargonium denticulatum from a local greenhouse in 2014 but haven’t seen any since… Common names include Pine Geranium, Fern-Leaf Geranium, Tooth-Leaf Geranium, and possibly others.
I also found this Pelargonium radens ‘Candy Dancer’ from the same local greenhouse in 2014.
I have brought home several Pelargonium x domesticum (Regal Geranium) over the years. I always like their colorful flowers…
I first grew Pelargonium tomentosum ‘Chocolate Mint’ in the early 1980’s when I bought several scented geraniums from Cook’s Nursery through the mail. My second try was when I lived in Mississippi in 2009 when I bought the plant from an Ebay seller. I was surprised at how big it was when it arrived. I always liked chocolate-mint scented leaves with a strange texture…
That’s all I have experience with in the plant family Geraniaceae. except for a few I didn’t take photos of… There were quite a few in the early 1980’s.