Shottesham Pet Scented Pelargonium Plants

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Soil Good, Well Drained
Colour Pink (Medium)
Type Evergreen, Pot Grown
Also Good Fragrant, Repeat Flowering
Flowering Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Pelargonium graveolens Concolor Lace

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Pelargonium Concolor Lace

Also known as Pelargonium Shottesham Pet' this is a great performer for a small garden. Concolor Lace has a lot to offer for such a compact plant. These plants are often called geraniums, pot geraniums, or tender geraniums. Unlike some scented-leaved geraniums, Concolor Lace's flowers don't let it down. The deep coral pink, almost red single blooms are enhanced by dark maroon veining and a white throat. Flowers are produced in profusion from June to October. Browse our other aromatic herbs here.

The bushy little plants only reach 40cm x 40cm, covered with wonderfully scented bright green leaves with lacy edges. And what a scent! The slightest of touches will release a strong spicy, almost nutty perfume, as the leaves are jam-packed with essential oils.

Both the petals and leaves are edible and are widely used as a garnish, in aromatherapy and as a component of pot pourri.


  • Colour: Bright green lacy foliage, deep pink and maroon flowers.
  • Height and spread: 40cm x 40cm.
  • Scent: Spicy and nutty.
  • Flowering: June to October.
  • Uses: Culinary, aromatherapy, pot pourri.
  • Spacing: 40cm.
  • Habit: Bushy and compact.
  • Life: Tender perennial.
  • Pot Grown: Delivery While Stocks Last.

Growing Concolor Lace

Scented-leaved Pelargoniums are most often grown in pots, especially classic plain terracotta containers. This traditional material allows the plant to drain freely so the roots don't get waterlogged, which the plants hate. Only water when soil is dry 5cm below the surface.

However, they can be planted in moderately fertile well-drained beds or borders - add a handful of grit to the planting material to aid drainage and avoid cold clay or waterlogged soils. Concolor Lace prefers to be in full sun facing south or west in a sheltered spot but will tolerate a small amount of shade.

When temperatures drop below 5C, bring plants indoors to overwinter. Deadhead, reduce watering and keep barely moist. Cut back and repot in spring and increase watering. Move outdoors after the last frost is expected.

Inspect regularly for vine weevil, greenfly and whitefly. Avoid splashing plants with water, as this can lead to grey mould (botrytis).

Planting Companions for Shottesham Pet

Concolor Lace is perfect for hanging baskets and containers, especially near paths with heavy traffic where people brushing against the foliage can appreciate the sudden bursts of perfume. As it is so compact and drought tolerant, it will tolerate the odd missed watering! Make this perfumed edible hanging basket or large pot with plants that like similar conditions - Tricolour Sage, Thyme Silver Queen and Chives. It's a great project for beginners with variegated leaves, colourful flowers and contrasting leaf shapes and plant forms.

It is an ideal choice to bring some colour to your herb garden with its vivid flowers and complementary scent.

This Pelargonium is also a good choice for a gravel garden, where it will appreciate the sharp drainage. In a Mediterranean garden, combine it with showier Zonal and Regal pelargoniums in troughs on balconies and in pots to get their showier flowers and Concolor Lace's lovely fragrance and more delicate blooms.

In a low-maintenance contemporary courtyard design, pair it with grasses and brightly coloured dwarf Phormiums (New Zealand Flax).

Did You Know?

It is also known as Shottesham Pet - they're exactly the same plant.

Pelargoniums are often called geraniums, arising from confusion with hardy perennial geraniums, or cranesbills. In the 17th Century when the first plants came to Europe, they were given the name because their seedheads look similar - like a crane’s bill, long and pointy. Carl Linnaeus included both in one genus, Geranium, but in 1789, they were placed into two genera by botanist Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle.

Mostly native to South Africa, there are more than 250 wild species of Pelargonium. Other natives are found in Australia, the Middle East, New Zealand, Eastern Africa, Madagascar, St. Helena and Tristan de Cuhna.

Scented-leafed pelargoniums are categorised by scent groups - pungent, citrus, fruit, nut, mint and rose. The leaves have scent glands that release perfumes when brushed.

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