Confusingly known as geraniums, pelargoniums are in the same plant family as hardy geraniums, but fall into a different genus and bear no resemblance to them at all. They are normally grown as annual bedding plants although they can be overwintered indoors, and are prized for their bright summer flowers and attractive, often fragrant, foliage.
Pelargoniums come in a variety of forms, and most belong to one of the following six horticultural groups: Angel, Ivy-leaved, Regal, Scented-leaved, Unique and Zonal. All thrive in full sun and do best when grown in a sheltered, sunny spot.
Pelargonium ‘Calliope Dark Red’ is a cross between a zonal pelargonium and an ivy pelargonium, representing the best features of both. It's large with a semi-trailing habit, and velvety, deep red double flowers. It’s perfect for growing in pots or hanging baskets on the sunny patio. For best results, feed ‘Calliope Dark Red’ with a high potash fertiliser during summer and deadhead spent blooms regularly. Bring plants indoors for winter.
Pelargonium ‘Calliope dark red’ and wildlife
Pelargonium ‘Calliope dark red’ has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.