|Fake Geranium but a real Pelargonium|
As happens with many things, people, and places in life, flowers and plants get nicknames. These are the common names people use to describe the plant, in many cases because they don't know its proper name. These common names usually have little to do with their real or botanical names, but sometimes they are one and the same. Take Rose for instance. I've never heard it called anything other than Rose and its botanical name is Rosa...hardly a difference there.
In the case of Geraniums it's a little different. You see, the fake or garden geranium has a real botanical name, Pelargonium. No, Pelargonium isn't very pretty as names go nor is it easily pronounced-- and it's not especially great for spelling-challenged people like me! Took me ten tries to get it right, but I did find a nice website with a picture of a polygonium. That's a Japanese knotweed, in case you were curious. But I digress...sorry.
|Japanese Knotweed AKA Polygonum...no relation whatsoever to Geraniums, neither real nor fake|
|The real Geranium AKA Cranesbill|
I suppose at this point you're saying to yourself, "Well, she's being rather picky! What difference does it make what you call it?" and you'd be right, but that is the way with us dyed-in-the-wool, true-blue, gotta-get-the-name-right-or-die-trying gardeners. We need you to know when there is an imposter about...especially when they sneak into your garden under a false name!
A Geranium by any other name could be a Pelargonium or a Cranesbill and if not for the picky likes of me, you wouldn't know which is which! Is it a real Geranium or the fake one? Ask Glory... she knows!