English, South African EnglishShow more Transferred use of general English Geranium a genus of herbaceous plants or undershrubs growing wild in temperate regions (in which sense the word is also used in South African English).
1790W. PatersonNarr. of Four Journeys 7The mountains afforded me many beautiful plants, particularly Xheranthimums, Geraniums, Gladioluses, and many others quite new to me.
1809‘G. Valentia’Voy. & Trav.I. 29I..could scarcely at first refrain from stopping to observe more closely many..Geraniums, and other plants which I had with care cultivated in England, growing neglected in such immense profusion.
a1827D. Carmichael inW.J. HookerBotanical Misc. (1831) II. 19The only individuals of them that are natives of the country, are the Protea, the Geranium, (or rather Pelargonium), [etc.].
1924D. FairbridgeGardens of S. Afr. 199January...Cuttings may be put in of Coleus and Geraniums, letting the latter dry off for a few hours before planting in a mixture of sand and leaf-mould.
1976U. Van der SpuyWild Flowers of S. Afr. for Garden 105Most gardeners the world over refer to both geraniums and pelargoniums as ‘geraniums’, a term which should be applied to very few of the plants commonly called by this name. Most of the plants called ‘geraniums’..are, in fact, pelargoniums.
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