January 21, 2020

The Leaf’s the Thing

Pelargonium 'Mrs. Henry Cox' - geranium

Pelargonium 'Mrs. Henry Cox' - geranium - Photo courtesy of Forest's Edge Garden

The pink flowers of Pelargonium x hortorum ‘Mrs. Henry Cox’ are entirely upstaged by the three colors blending across each leaf of this zonal geranium: yellow, deep red and green. There is some dispute over whether this is Mr. Cox or the missus, but the proper name is hardly a concern since both seem to show the same plant. Geraniums such as these are usually propagated by cuttings, which is easy to do with geraniums because they readily root from stem cuttings. This helps maintain the purity of the plant’s distinctive leaf color.

Today’s Daily Plant is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Forest’s Edge Garden in Hampden, which grows ‘Mrs. Henry Cox.’