Definition of geranium
1 : any of a widely distributed genus (Geranium of the family Geraniaceae, the geranium family) of plants having regular usually white, pink, or purple flowers with elongated styles and glands that alternate with the petals —called also cranesbill
2 : pelargonium
3 : a vivid or strong red
Recent Examples of geranium from the Web
Herb Robert flowers are three to four times the size of shiny geranium.
It is now filled with 30 to 40 species of prairie perennials like wild geranium, coreopsis, wild hydrangea, Echinacea, garden phlox and bee balm.
For example, in the Northeast, pussy willows and wild geraniums are good options.
Herbs that do not like our hot, wet summers include thyme, chives, sage, parsley and scented geraniums, to name a few.
Plants like natal plum, verbena, Pacific wax myrtle and geraniums create a rainbow of color in the manicured, drought-resistant garden near the viewing deck and along the stairs.
A female duck has decided to nest either in my geraniums or herb pots.
A window box held a red geranium and white trailing bacopa.
As night-time temperatures stay consistently above 50 degrees, plant geraniums, petunias, marigolds, begonias, impatiens, calibrachoa, cleome and other happy annuals. •
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GERANIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of geranium for English Language Learners
: a plant that is grown for its red, white, pink, or purple flowers
GERANIUM Defined for Kids
Definition of geranium for Students
: a plant often grown for its bright flowers
History for geranium
Many of the plants of the geranium family have long, thin, pointed fruits that look a bit like the bill of a bird. The ancient Greeks thought that the fruit of the wild geranium looked like the bill of a crane, and so gave the plant the name geranion, literally, “little crane.” The English word geranium came from this Greek name.
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