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Pelargonium dipetalum A tuberous plant from the Southern Cape of South Africa, from Betty’s Bay to the Keurboomsrivier. It is found on foothills or flats on limestone rides or sandstone slopes or on shale in coastal fynbos. As its name indicates, this is a two petalled plant, which can be coloured white or pink, with dark red feathering. It flowers from February to April. (Section Hoarea, Auritum Group). Photos from David Victor and Mary Sue Ittner.
Pelargonium echinatum is a stem succulent with tubers on its roots from the Northern Cape of South Africa. Its "special" characteristic is the spines on its stems, which give it its name. Flowers are white, pink to purple, with dark red spots. Photos by Mary Sue Ittner.
This rather striking pink flower was peeking through the shrubs in the Gifberg, August 2001. Photo by Mary Sue Ittner.
Pelargonium fasciculaceum A tuberous plant from the Western Cape area of South Africa, where it grows on the Olifants River in sandy places and in mountain fynbos on the Nardous and Bokkeveld plateau. Flowers are pale yellow or cream and the upper two have v-shaped red markings. It flowers from December to January. The name refers to the large number of flowers forming a cluster as they diverge from a common centre.(Section Hoarea, Aciculatum Group). Photos David Victor.
Pelargonium grenvilleae A tuberous plant from Namaqualand in South Africa, where it grows from Steinkopf to Kamiesberg, in sand or loam in very dry areas. Flowers are cream coloured with small red marks at the base of the top two. It flowers from September to October. It is named after its introducer to England, Lord Grenville. (Section Hoarea, Incrassatum Group). Photos David Victor.
Pelargonium incrassatum is native to the northwestern Cape where it is found in elevated mountainous areas and their foothills, sometimes in areas with very little rainfall and sometimes in areas with more. It belongs to Section Hoarea, Incrassatum Group. The species epithet is derived from the thickened, succulent leaves. It should be kept dry during dormancy. I have found it difficult to grow in my wet winters and have it sheltered from the rain in a structure covered on top but with open sides. It probably needs more light. In cultivation, it flowers in late summer-early fall (August to October). Photos 1-3 were taken by Mary Sue Ittner of plants grown from seed. Photo 2 shows it blooming with Lachenalia contaminata and photo 3 shows the large tuber in dormancy on a 1 cm grid. Photos 4-5 were taken by David Victor.
Pelargonium leptum A tuberous plant from the South West Cape of South Africa, from the vicinity of Kuilsrivier and Durbanville in the South and between Paarl and Malmesbury in the North. It grows in sandy soil in mountain fynbos. Flowers may be white, cream, pale yellow or pale pink. The upper two petals have wine red feathering, and lower petals with wine-red stripes in the centre. Flowering is from December to February. The name, meaning slender, derives from the long thin petals. (Section Hoarea, Attenuatum Group). Photos David Victor.
Pelargonium lobatum A tuberous plant from the South West Cape of South Africa, from Picketburg to the District of George, growing along sandy coastal flats to 150 kms inland in fynbos. This is a woody, tuberous plant, with enormous leaves (up to 30cms across) almost entirely covered with a soft, dense velvety hair. Sweetly scented at night (for pollination by moth?). It flowers from September to November. The name refers to its leaf shape. (Section Polyactium). The first two photos by David Victor. The third was taken in the West Coast area of the Cape Province in September 2001 by Mary Sue Ittner.
Pelargonium longifolium is a tuberous plant from the Southwest Cape of South Africa, from Citrusdal to the Cape Peninsula to Bredasdorp. It grows in sandy fynbos. Flowers can be white, cream, yellow or pink, with conspicuous wine-red blotches on the upper petals. It flowers from October to December after the leaves have dried. The name refers to the length of its leaves. (Section Hoarea, Attenuatum Group). Photos David Victor and Mary Sue Ittner.
Pelargonium luteolum A tuberous plant from South Western South Africa, from Garies in Namaqualand, along the coast to Worcester and along the south coast to Kleinpoort. It grows on sandstone, shale or quartzite in various types of vegetation. The flowers may be cream, almost white or yellow, with wine red markings along the main veins. It flowers from November to March. The name refers to the yellow colour of its flowers. (Section Hoarea, Luteolum Group). Photos David Victor.