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Giant Flowers for Christmas!

The Buffalo Courier

Sunday - May 31, 1896


Gigantic Geraniums


Varieties of the Well-Liked

Plant found in Los Angeles.


Said That They Grow There to the

Height of 29 to 30 Feet - Not

Used for House Plants

Down in Los Angeles everything grows

to a remarkable size; even the stories

about the profits from the town-lot invest-

ments are larger there than anywhere

else, and big pumpkins, 300 - pound water-

melons and the like are so common as not

to excite any particular remark.

One thing especially in that land of

booms and development beats the world,

and that is the Geranium. Its cousin, the

Pelargonium, assumes mammoth propor-

tions and, if permitted, might become as

disastrous a pest as the Canada thistle

or the Australian rabbit. Out at Ontario

and Pomona the people use geraniums for

hedges, and they grow so luxuriantly that

they have been known to stop disastrous

fires and act as windbreaks to protect

orange orchards form the ravages of the

destructive norther.

The tenderfoot tourist who has been in

the habit at home in New York of careful-

ly cherishing a little potted Lady Washing-

ton or rose geraniums is astonished at see-

ing these plants assume the proportions

of trees, and when he is told that they

frequently grow to a height of 20 or

30 feet he regards the statement as a

“California Story.” But these assertions

are well within the truth.

Cromwell Galpin, a literary man of a note

in the Southern metropolis, is authority

for the story that these plants frequently

grow to the height of 30 feet and more,

and he has furnished a picture of one

that must be fully that height. The plant

represented is the Fish Geranium which

is one of the sturdiest of the genus. It

has grown a number of feet since the

picture was taken, and promises to keep

on like Jack’s famous beanstalk. Near

Mr. Galpin’s house is the residence of the

electrician of the street railway company,

and on his lot is a rose geranium that is 32

feet high and is still growing with no evi-

dence of fatigue. In fact, the plants

are almost as hard to kill as the farmers’

deadly foe, the Malva. They can be

rooted up an thrown in a pile, and in Two

days they will be growing and blossoming

with no more nonchalance than the most
cherished plants of a hothouse. --

(San Francisco Examiner.)

-Original article from the microfilm records at,

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY  14203

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