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Google has a feature which allows you to be notified of websites that use certain keywords

that you designate. The following selections are from the “Alerts”, which have arrived over the

past year. The links take you to the sites, serious, frivolous occasionally almost scandalous and

frequently irrelevant. CCGS does not endorse any product mentioned here.

Editorial comments are in Bold Italicized Arial type

  More concerns about Pelargonium sidoides in Southern Africa

“Kalwerbossie, better known by its scientific name Pelargonium sidoides, is at risk of

over-harvesting because it is very slow growing.

P. sidoides is endemic to and used traditionally in Lesotho and South Africa to treat

colic, diarrhoea and other digestive disorders.

However, it is notoriously slow-growing and scientists and governments in importing

countries raised concern over the sustainability of the P. sidoides supplies because of

the large quantities apparently traded.

In 2003, TRAFFIC conducted an assessment of the sustainability of the harvest and

found that although trade did not imminently threaten P. sidoides, the species was under

potential longer term threat owing to the very slow re -growth of root material left

in the ground by harvesters and the danger of complete root removal as a result of unmanaged

follow-up harvesting.

But subsequent work revealed an unregulated and undocumented P. sidoides industry

in Lesotho, while other sources reported illegal harvesting of the species from protected

areas within South Africa. This led to TRAFFIC being asked to facilitate collaboration

between government regulators in South Africa and Lesotho and other

stakeholders to ensure sustainability of wild sourced P. sidoides as well as the livelihoods

of local people and industries dependent upon supplies.”

You may recall that P. sidoides is used in the production of an herbal remedy for cold symptoms.

‘Mr. Wren’          Classic geranium disease-free at last—News about ‘Mr. Wren’


“I [Graham Rice] was going to start by outlining the origins of this dramatic geranium – a zonal

pelargonium, that is – but straight away I find that no one agrees. Was it introduced in 1949, the

1950s, or 1969? Was it found in California or Connecticut? Was it a chance seedling, or a color

break on a red-flowered plant?

“There are, however, some things that everyone agrees about: The color is not only startling, but

unique; it was found in the garden of a Mr. Wren; and it’s a tall and lanky plant which is a little shy

in its flowering. Except I find even that is only partially true as Helen Van Pelt Wilson, in her book

The Joy of Geraniums, from 1980, describes it as “very free of bloom”!

“When I grew it I certainly found it tall and reluctant to make side shoots and so the overall floral

impact was less impressive than I expected; I’d pinch it out but it produced hardly any side shoots,

just a few tall stems that eventually needed staking. But it also produced these heads of dramatic


“But things are changing. Thompson & Morgan have had the plant in the laboratory where they’ve

removed the virus diseases with which it was infected. Here’s what Michael Perry of T&M, told

me. “We have taken the original stock of 'Mr. Wren' and further developed it to be slightly more

compact and more freely flowering. As part of this process, we have also ensured it is virus-free, a

problem with the older stocks.” They call it ‘Mr. Wren Improved’.

“So at least it won’t pass viruses to other geraniums. This, by the way, is what was done with the

colored foliage varieties that we now see everywhere; virus infection had greatly weakened them.

With the virus removed they grow well.

“And that red-and-white coloring? There’s a layer of red cells in each flower, sandwiched between

two layers of transparent white cells. But the red cells do not extend all the way to the edge – so the

edge is white.

“I look forward to trying this new improved version of ‘Mr. Wren’ (so far only available in Britain,

I’m afraid). I’ll report back on whether it really is more bushy.

“In the UK you can order Pelargonium ‘Mr. Wren Improved’ from Thompson & Morgan.”


‘AmericanaPinkMegaSplash’         ‘Bullseye Cherry’            ‘Caliente Coral’                ‘Freestyle Arctic Red’


The Syngenta company now owns several horticultural companies whose names were

formerly important in the production of new cultivars of Pelargoniums (as well as many

other plants). Check out the following link to see images of the many cultivars available

(somewhere, if not here). The link will take you to the cultivars produced from seed.

Other cultivars of seed-produced cultivars can be found by clicking on New Search and

then typing in the name Pelargonium in the box. This will lead you to the following lines:

Bullseye, Elite, Maverick, Multibloom, Orbit, Pinto, Ringo and Tornado. Click on the pictures

to get an enlarged image. They are beautiful.

Syngenta also controls a number of lines of vegetatively reproduced Pelargoniums. To

see these cultivars click on Home. When you get the Home Page, click on GoldFisch

Vegetative, then click on Plant Search, then click on the picture labeled Vegetative Geraniums.

All of their cultivars are illustrated on several pages of images. To get more

detailed information click on each image and you can get a description of each cultivar

including it size, color, tolerances and even its patent name or number. To see incredible,

enlarged images of each plant click on Hi Res Image. You will be impressed.

The various lines now controlled by Syngenta include: Americana, Blizzard, Caliente, Calliope,

Cascade, Classic, Contessa, Fidelity, Freestyle, Graffiti, Rocky Mountain, Tango, Temprano.


Elizabeth Haggarty Toronto Star

“The next time you forget to water your plants, feel guilty — that geranium could save your life.

At least it could if Dr. June Medford’s research comes to fruition. Medford has spent the last seven

years developing vegetation that changes color when explosives are nearby. Picture it: A bomb-

wielding passenger wanders into the departure lounge. How do you know? The plants have just

turned white.

“It was really nature’s idea,” said Medford in an interview. “Plants can’t run and hide from threats,

so they have to detect things and are wired to be sensitive about what they detect.” Medford’s lab

at Colorado State University has been developing bomb-sensitive vegetation since 2003, with funding

from the U.S. government. So how does it work? Using lab plants, Medford and her team are transferring

receptors they design on computers into the vegetation. “We are rewiring the plants to take specific

information from outside the plant to inside the plant,” Medford said. “When they detect this specific

information, it turns on another circuit that tells the plant to turn white.” This technology is transferable to

any variety of plant, whether you want a bomb-detecting orchid or a security-conscious Hosta. Medford

expects the plants to be fully developed and ready for installation in the next three years.

“As security increases in airports, some passengers find pat-downs and full-body scanners increasingly

intrusive, but a wall of Medford’s plants could be equally effective, she points out, while improving the

atmosphere of the departures lounge. According to Medford, the plants would be ten times more effective

than a sniffer dog. “While these dynamite-sensitive plants won’t be able to pick out individuals carrying

explosives, they will be able to alert authorities that explosives are in a specific area. A company is also

being established to sell the plants to the private sector. Medford hopes they will be used everywhere

from  large sporting or concert venues to land-mine detection, where seeds can be scattered and fields

of the bomb  detecting plants grown to highlight where mines are present. And if businesses aren’t persuaded

by the beauty of a flowering security expert, as Medford points out, compared to other bomb-detecting technology,

the plants are “dirt cheap.”

While this article doesn’t tell us how fast the plants respond, one graph in the original scientific article

indicates a 24 to 72 hour response time. That might lengthen security lines at the airport, but at least

we won’t have invasive searches!

  Grandeur ‘Cola’

The Volmary company in Germany has a series (Grandeur Odorata) of scented geraniums which includes the

following fragrances: cola, hazelnut, lemon, orange, pino and rose. They also show a line of Regal geraniums

(Clarion series) which you can find by going to their Products page and clicking on Flower Symphony.

The blog Wenche’s Pelargoniumblog has an excellent collection of pictures and information about the plants illustrated.

Equally impressive is her Fuchsia site. Wenche Schjoll lives in Oslo, Norway.  and


“Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Keith Creagh recently touted that the state’s horticulture industry ranks fifth in

the U.S. for gross sales of horticulture crops with $566 million in sales in 2009.

“Michigan’s horticulture industry is strong in both wholesale and retail sales of our products,” said Creagh. “The sale of our

horticulture products on a national level helps bring money into Michigan’s economy and supports our local communities.”

In addition to the national ranking for gross sales, Michigan ranks second nationally in retail sales with $108 million and fifth

nationally in wholesale sales with $459 million. Michigan ranks first in the nation in the production of Begonia baskets, Easter

Lily pots, cut Geraniums, Geranium seeds, Hostas, Petunia baskets, New Guinea Impatiens baskets, and Impatiens in both

flats and baskets.

The 2009 Census of Horticulture was recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural

Statistics Service (NASS).

It found that Michigan has 1,089 horticulture operations statewide which grow annual bedding and garden plants, herbaceous

perennial plants, potted flowering plants, propagative materials, transplants for commercial vegetable production, cut Christmas

trees, foliage plants and food crops grown under protection.

Since the 1998 Census of Horticulture, Michigan’s sales of horticulture crops increased by 10 percent. The next census will be

conducted in 10 years.”


“Geranium is one of the most powerful stimulants to hit the market since ephedrine and it won’t be long before it’s banned. ...

A Canadian junior hockey player has been suspended for a doping violation after using what is believed to be a contaminated

supplement. Forward Spencer Asuchak of the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars was banned for eight games

Monday after testing positive for methylhexaneamine (which is found in Geranium, a stimulant that the World Anti-Doping

Association added to its banned substance list in 2009). He’s the third player this month to receive a suspension for testing

positive for the drug. Plymouth Whalers centre Alex Aleardi and Saginaw Spirit defenceman Ryan O’Connor are also sitting

out for eight games. Officials believe all three players inadvertently took the drug through a tainted supplement.

“In reviewing this matter, we are completely satisfied that the player used a supplement which he had purchased over the

counter at a local retail outlet and had no knowledge that it contained a prohibited stimulant under our national CHL antidoping

policy,” WHL commissioner Ron Robison said in a statement. Methylhexaneamine is not an ingredient in medications

licensed by Health Canada but is in some nutritional supplements that athletes take to build muscle or to replenish themselves

after a workout.

“The CHL, which includes the Western, Ontario and Quebec major leagues, began league-wide testing during the 2006-07

season. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had already been conducting drug tests for two seasons as a pilot project. A

first-time offence brings an automatic suspension of eight games, a second offence a 25-game ban and a third offence a twoyear

suspension. Players are subject to testing by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport during the pre-season, regular reason

and playoffs.”

Use of Geranium

“The top pre-workout products and several of the top selling fat burners on the market contain Geranium which is what’s giving

them the serious kick! Geranium is used by itself or with caffeine, ephedrine or other stimulants to enhance training intensity,

power or fat loss.”


“Anyone who has seen this jewelry, knows what I mean! It is unique, beautiful and makes a statement!

Last year we sold GERANIUM jewelry, as it arrived, straight out of the box! We have a

short list of those who want to be called as soon as it arrives. Of course, we would be glad to put

you on the list!

“These photos don’t do justice to this line of lovelies! Come in and take a look. We are looking

for them within a week!”

Remember that CCGS does not endorse any product, including jewelry! Any resemblance

to Geranium or Pelargonium is purely coincidental.


News for the hungry traveller . THE CHEF—Award-winning food

“A table at chef Rasmus Kofoed's restaurant, Geranium, in Copenhagen is the reservation to secure

this week after the 37-year-old chef won the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition.

Save up, though. The restaurant's “Total Universe” menu, which includes such dishes as tomato

water with gelled ham, monkfish with “elements from the sea and land” and pumpkin with cloudberries,

costs a cool $630 with wine pairings.”


“The winning menu at the competition was monkfish, cooked on burned hay, with lemon thyme

and chips made of roots. The menu included a meat dish with roast of lamb, juniper and pushed

blubber and dried cranberries as well as lamb in jelly with wild mushrooms and small onions.”

I’ve never had pushed blubber or anything cooked on burned hay. One can only hope

that this is a result of a translational error. The following review in Chuck Eats tells us

more about the chef and the menu and the economic travails of the restaurant business.

“Echoing the white room, the meal began with this small amuse of apple gelee and geranium egg

white. A geranium perfume was sprayed tableside to augment the flavors. The apple sang with its

crisp acidity but it was somewhat tamed by the geranium’s flowery balance.”

“The restaurant closed* a week after this meal so the entire review could be a moot point. However,

if Chefs Søren Ledet and Rasmus Kofoed are allowed similar ambition at their next venture,

I would repeat, based on the grand potential.”

*( reports that the financial report for 2007/2008 showed that the restaurant had a deficit

of 1.8 million kroner ($332,256) and debts of 11.6 million kroner ($2,141,209).)


Apparently the restaurant reopened and the current menu shows that a meal with wine

costs $368.44. It is not clear if Geranium or Pelargonium flowers are included.