The Geranium (Geranium), or geraniums are about 380-430 species, the most species-rich genus of the Geraniaceae (Geraniaceae).
Species and varieties of this genus, at least since the 16th Century, cultivated in the garden. There are species and varieties of this species occurs primarily in countless gardens and parks.
Pelargoniums and geraniums
Until the late 18th Century were also counted as the popular bed and balcony plants to the genus Pelargonium Geranium. That is made of these plants still in colloquial language and in general trade usual term "geraniums" down, but not botanically correct. For Geraniums and Pelargoniums (geraniums) are within the Geraniaceae two different genera, although they are closely related. Thus, there are a few species geraniums, which are characterized as geraniums of soft, felty stems and large Rundblätter and thus see the species of this genus are very similar. One of the differences between the two genera: Geranium has somewhat further blossoms and Pelargonium has zygomorph flowers.