Synonyms of Pelargonium radens (14) (Updated on 11-27-21 from Plants of the World Online): Anisopetala radula Walp., Geraniospermum radula Kuntze, Geraniospermum revolutum (Jacq.) Kuntze, Geraniospermum roseum Kuntze, Geranium asperifolium Andrews, Geranium radula Cav., Geranium revolutum Jacq., Pelargonion radulum St.-Lag., Pelargonium asperifolium (Andrews) Sweet, Pelargonium radula L’Hér., Pelargonium radula var. roseum Willd., Pelargonium raduloides Hoffmanns. ex F.Dietr., Pelargonium roseum Willd., Pelargonium rosodorum Hoffmanns.
Pelargonium radens H.E.Moore is the correct and accepted name for this species of pelargonium. It was named and described by Harold Emery Moore in Baileya in 1955.
The genus, Pelargonium L’Hér. ex Aiton, was described as such by William Aiton in Hortus Kewensis in 1789. The genus was first named and described as such by Charles Louis L’Héritier de Brutelle. Mr. Aiton gave credit to him for naming the genus and possibly used his description.
As of 11-27-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 283 species in the Pelargonium genus. It is a member of the plant family Geraniaceae with 8 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
I brought this Pelargonium ‘Candy Dancer’ home from Wagler’s Greenhouse in 2014. I really like growing scented Pelargoniums. Many of them freely flower all summer long. This one’s flowers are pink with darker maroon markings. Its leaves seemed lemon-scented to me, but information online says they are rose-scented.
Origin: Hybrid, species native to South Africa.
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11 (30 to 40° F).
Size: 18-24” tall.
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Well-drained soil or potting mix.
Water: Average water needs.
Pelargoniums are easy to grow either in the ground or in a pot providing they are in well-drained soil. They need regular watering during the summer months. There are different ways to keep them through the winter but I don’t have any experience with that. Someday I will give it a shot.
I never had any problems with this plant but for some reason, I only took one photo. I hope someday I will find another Pelargonium ‘Candy Dancer’ at one of the local greenhouses so I can add more photos and information. Then I will take a good whiff of the leaves.
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