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  • James K.Howdy,
    Two part query here. First, I'm pretty sure this is a variety of geranium, but not sure what specific kind (see attachments). Wondering if anyone here might know.

    Second, what would be the proper way to grow this? We are located in NorCal > Oakland to be specific. The plant is in a pot, under a large oak tree. It gets a bit of sun, mostly mid-day.

    It seems very "leggy" - it doesn't look quite right, but maybe this is how they are supposed to look?

    Tuesday August 28, 2018 at 19:50


  • greene g. greene g. Please, when you say "located in NorCal > Oakland to be specific" that is not at all helpful unless someone knows your neighborhood. Please, people from all over the world read these posts; give the city/state/county/country to get an ID. Also, a single photo is insufficient. Please provide more and better photos. That being said, when a plant is 'leggy' it is most likely starved for sunlight. Move it out from under the tree, give it better soil. Good luck with your plant. Many Geraniums are now classified as Pelargoniums so you might start looking there. Thanks. Wednesday August 29, 2018 at 04:07
  • James K. James K. Thanks much for the reply and info. Getting familiar with the lay of this site's land; I'm on a Facebook Plant ID group which has folk from all over the world, and the more general "NorCal > Oakland" is sufficient. And I had multiple photos, but was thwarted in uploading more than the one.

    Your info corresponds with what I got from the FB site - Pelargonium sidoides. Quite the amazing plant! We didn't actually plant it, it just appeared one year. We get all sorts of new plants thanks to all the birds, squirrels etc.... so we've moved it out from under the shady oak tree into a more sunny locale, so fingers crossed it takes. The flowers on ours are so amazing.

    Thanks again!
    Friday August 31, 2018 at 20:48
  • greene g. greene g. I find the Facebook groups to be mostly people who are guessing at the answer. There is a much better plant-related site (no offense meant to this one). Check out The National Gardening Association aka There are tons of knowledgeable people over there and most of them are not rude or obnoxious...well, okay a few might be. Look for the Forum for Plant ID, post pictures there, give plenty of information about location, etc. and you will get good answers. Friday August 31, 2018 at 20:59
  • James K. James K. They can be hit or miss, that's for sure. The one I'm referring to is a good one, it was recommended to us by friends who work here:

    On the site (Plant Identification. It's a public group), there's no discussion allowed. It's strictly for ID'ing plants. From their site: "Comments about edibility, medicinal uses, gardening advice, and personal opinions about plants that DO NOT ADD TO THE ID are considered off topic and we ask that you respect our purpose and take those comments elsewhere."

    They have experts from all over who donate their time, and all the replies are all the scientific name, no common names are used/allowed.

    I've posted there 4 times and they've been correct each/every time.

    Thanks for the tip on that site. Definitely going to check them out!
    Friday August 31, 2018 at 21:22
  • James K. James K. Here's a link to the FB group, if you're at all curious:
    Friday August 31, 2018 at 21:31
  • greene g. greene g. Thanks for the link. I did a quick check and yes, they do ask for location. I see that they are fairly strict and keep the ID separated from the discussion. I belong to snake identification group that is also strict; we move the discussion over to a separate page to keep the ID page open for identification only. Looks like you have a good group as West Seed Farms is a member over there. I think I will join up; thanks!!
    Friday August 31, 2018 at 21:49
  • James K. James K. You're most welcome. Enjoy the list! Friday August 31, 2018 at 22:28
  • greene g. greene g. I joined!! Friday August 31, 2018 at 23:19