December 14, 2019

Martha Washington Was Here

Pelargonium x domesticum 'Elegance Burgundy'

Janine Pineo Photo | Pelargonium x domesticum 'Elegance Burgundy', a Martha Washington type geranium

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Perhaps it’s the American Revolution that prompted the common name — and keeps it alive even today — for Pelargonium x domesticum. Known as the Regal, Royal or French geranium, you are more likely to recognize the variety when we say it’s a Martha Washington. Although some sources say that is a misnomer — but they don’t say why — we’ll stay firmly planted in American soil and say, “Viva, la Martha Washington.” This geranium seems stout compared to other pelargoniums and sports pointy leaves. Set amongst the rich green leaves are the simply stunning flowers. Above is ‘Elegance Burgundy,’ a unique shade compared to the whites, pinks and purples most commonly seen for Martha Washingtons.