Origin of pelargoniumModern Latin Pelargonium ; from Classical Greek pelargos, stork (after Modern Latin Geranium: see geranium), because the carpels resemble a stork's bill
Origin of pelargoniumNew Latin Pelargonium, genus name, from Greek pelargos, stork (from the resemblance of its capsules to a stork's bill); see pel-1 in Indo-European roots.
Geranium is also the genus of plants commonly known as cranesbills. The cause of the confusion is that the two genera were earlier regarded as being one, called Geranium.
- an extract of the rose geranium, Pelargonium sidoides, used as an alternative medicine