Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Geranium

1. In Greece when we are stung by nettles we use geranium leaves to rub on our skin to ameliorate the irritation [Natural History Museum, London, October 2013].

2. It is a widespread practice still to water pot plants with cold tea [which] encourages growth, especially with geranium. One of my great aunts used to say ‘Geraniums don’t like to get their toes wet’ – a reminder not to overwater. She always kept a scented geranium on the kitchen windowsill to clear the air of cooking smells [Corbridge, Northumberland, March 1993].

Image: cultivated, Earls Court, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London; June 2014.