Geraniums are one of the most common container and garden plants in the United States. They are valued for their long-lasting blooms and variety of colors. There are hundreds of species, including those found naturally in the U.S. and other countries. Gardeners around the world may wonder: Are these plants poisonous to humans or pets?
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Geraniums are not poisonous to humans or pets, and they have a variety of uses. In 2006, geraniums were voted the herb of the year. They are utilized for teas, cakes, astrigents and compresses.
Products That Contain Geraniums
Geranium oil is used in insect repellents, lice shampoos, lotions, soaps and creams.
The scientific name for geranium is Pelargonium, followed by one or more names that differentiates the species and varieties from each other.
Geraniums may be identified visually by looking at the leaves. Leaves will be fused into a fan shape called palmate leaves. The lines, called veins, radiate from one central point on the leaf. Geranium flowers come in a variety of colors.
According to Dr. Alice B. Russell, geraniums may cause minor skin irritation due to the essential oils present in the plant.
Abby Schultz is a freelance writer with extensive experience as a wildlife and conservation researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Biology at Ball State University.