Many people still call pelargoniums by their common name, scented geraniums, although they have been recognized as their own separate genus. Native to southern Africa, pelargoniums flourish in a warm, often dry climate. The leaves and sometimes flowers of the various cultivars boast the scent of rose, lemon, citrus, mint, fruit, nuts or spices. In the mid-1800's the French discovered they could match the scent of rose oil with the essential oils distilled from rose scented pelargoniums, such as P.radens
and P. odoratissimum.
, and they are still used to this day in modern aromatherapy and perfumery application as a compliments or substitute for the more expensive rose absolute.