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Geraniaceae is a small nursery in Marin County, California (Zone 9b) specializing in some of the plants of the Geranium family. The nursery was started in 1983 and over the years we have noted a phenomenal increase in interest in hardy geraniums. Each year we try to stock the newest and best hybrids and to continually improve our selections of individual geranium species. Geraniums and erodiums are best represented in the nursery, but we also have a group of pelargonium species, some of which are night scented, and some small flowered hybrids, a selection of scented-leaf pelargoniums, and numerous cultivars of angel and pansy-face pelargoniums. We are now growing some forms of Pelargonium x hortorum (zonals), P. x peltatum (ivies), and P. x domesticum (regals/Martha Washingtons). Our selections are heritage (heirloom) plants which are in grave danger of disappearing from commercial nurseries. If you are looking for something particular send us an email.

As usual, there are a few plants listed in the catalog that are not for sale again this year. We propose but Mother Nature disposes. If your favorite is not for sale we'll try hard to have it available for you next year. Please call or email if you wish to inquire about wholesale orders for the genera Geranium and Pelargonium.

MOST GERANIUMS ARE GROWN FOR SALE IN ONE GALLON CONTAINERS AND COST $8.00-$10 EACH. PELARGONIUMS, ERODIUMS, AND SOME RARE GERANIUMS, ARE GROWN FOR SALE IN 4" CONTAINERS. THE PRICE IS USUALLY $6 - $15.00, BUT MAY BE MORE IF THE PLANT IS VERY RARE OR DIFFICULT TO PROPAGATE. Upon purchase pelargoniums should usually be transferred to larger containers or planted out in the garden in frost-free areas. With the exception of most of the erodiums and some of the geraniums in the Rock Garden section of the Geranium List, the plants do not like to be confined. Please take them out of their pots, and plant them in reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. They respond much better to free root run in the open ground. Like many perennials, geraniums and erodiums look their best after several years in the garden. Clump size increases, ground covers cover the ground, and they hold their own in landscape schemes.

The approximate season when plants come into flower is indicated in the Catalog by the following: Sp.(Spring), Su.(Summer), and Fa.(Fall). In our climate (Zone 9b), most geraniums and some erodiums are dormant, or at least resting, from late November through February. Don't panic if your plant disappears over the winter. It should reappear with greater strength in the spring.

E. saxatile
Erodiums (Rock Gardens and Containers)

Photo by Donn Reiners

All mature and acclimatized plants of geraniums and erodiums on this list can survive to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and many to much lower temperatures, with the exception of G. canariense, G. maderense, G. palmatum and G. incanum and most of the other South African geraniums, and G. traversii and its hybrids whose lower limits are about 20-25 degrees Fahrenheit, depending their location in the garden. Where known, approximate USDA hardiness zones are indicated, following the plant descriptions.

Height is listed first followed by width (12x15”). Size descriptions in the Catalog are for general reference. Soil, placement, and culture can greatly change plant size. Few if any garden pests appear to bother these plants. (Please communicate with the Nursery if you encounter any particularly troublesome pests or disease.) Some geraniums listed in the sections devoted to Shade, Ground Covers, and Borders and Bedding bloom in flushes, and blooming time can be prolonged by shearing the vegetation after the first flush of flowers. Don't even think about cutting back any biennials. Although we're generally happy to see people during daylight hours any day of the week, PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE YOU VISIT THE NURSERY. The telephone number is (415) 461-4168.


A mail order form is available on the website. We like to consult with our customers on an individual basis before filling an order. Please make sure you provide a telephone, fax number or e-mail address with your order. We ship all plants UPS Ground (two day guarantee) to the West Coast and via USPS Priority (Two to Three Day guarantee) to the rest of the U.S. Before shipping, plants are taken out of their containers. The root balls are encased in damp sphagnum, paper, and a small plastic bag, and the plants are packed in a box with recycled styrofoam pellets. We enclose an invoice in the box, and highlight the shipping charges on the outside of the box. When you receive your package, you may send a check or pay through PayPal with a credit card or with your bank account for the plants plus the shipping. We cannot extend credit beyond thirty days.

Please note: We ship our plants on Mondays. We do need to know the month and date you would like us to send the plants. We prefer to send them after the last normal frost date for your area, or in time for them to acclimatize before the onset of winter.

G. oxonianum 'Pearl Boland'
Geraniums (Ground Covers)

Photo by Donn Reiners

We are gradually adding photos to the plant entries on our website We are greatly indebted to Donn Reiners of Sacramento, California who has been photographing the hardy geraniums, pelargoniums and erodiums over many years with patience and apparent pleasure. We hope to have many more pictures on the website this summer.

Many geraniums and erodiums we grow are wild flowers and there is some natural variation in color and form among populations collected in the wild. Not all selections, either wild or domestic, deserve cultivar names. In addition, as hardy geraniums become more popular and as the plants display their usual promiscuity and seed around, it has been tempting for nurseries and gardeners to name anything that looks a little different, without first seeing the full range of what is already available. The result is some virtual duplicates, with different names. Labeled stock plants for all items offered in the catalog are available at the nursery for study and comparison.

Plant of the Month

Geranium 'Orion'

Geranium 'Orion' has beautiful mid blue flowers. It is a tall clumping perennial, (USDA Zones 5 - 9), 24-30 x 36". It does well in full sun in mild summer gardens and morning sun/afternoon shade in hot summers. It can be combined with roses, iris, ornamental grasses and summer bulbs. It needs a horticultural corset when young, (twigs help support it until the clump size increases). See Page 166, The Plant Lovers Guide to Hardy Geraniums. (Photo by Donn Reiners)
Upcoming Events

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show (Plant Sale)
Wed, April 04, 2018 - Sun, April 08, 2018
For full event info visit
The Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, CA 94014

Event Website

Markham Arboretum Plant Sale
Sat, April 14, 2018
9:00am - 1:00pm
rare and unusual pelargoniums and geraniums
1202 La Vista Ave., Concord, CA

Green Scene Plant and Garden Expo (Plant Sale)
Sat, April 21, 2018
to Sun, April 22, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton, CA 92831

Southern California Spring Garden Show (Plant Sale)
Thu, April 26, 2018 - Sun, April 29, 2018
For full event info and schedule visit
South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Celebration of Old Roses, El Cerrito (Plant Sale)
Sun, May 20, 2018
11:00am - 3:30pm
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Ln, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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