The Geranium is native to temperate, Mediterranean and African regions around the world.
There are over 422 species of Geraniums and they are commonly known as ‘cranesbill’. This name is derived from the seed capsule found on some species, which is shaped like the bill of a crane.
Insects attracted to the Geranium include the brown tail and mouse moths.
The Geranium is a natural anti-fungal, antiviral, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent and deodorizer.
In the early days, Africans made tea with the leaves of the Geranium and believed it would cure upset stomach and internal bleeding.
The Geranium contains citronella which can be used as insect repellant.
A Geranium symbolizes unity and friendship.
The word Geranium came from the Greek word “geranion” or “geranos”, which means crane.
Geranium leaves and flowers are commonly used to make perfumes. Scents include nutmeg, rose, pineapple and citrus.
The Geranium originated from the genus pelargonium.
The Geranium is popular in Europe and is commonly found in paintings.
Resources used: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium, http://mind-mart.com/aromatherapy/geranium-uses-and-history, http://ezinearticles.com/?Geranium-Essential-Oil—Brief-History-and-Uses&id=4290676, http://www.ehow.com/facts_5824238_symbolic-significance-geranium-plant.html