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Pelargonium cordifolium

   (Family: Geraniaceae)
   
English: Heart-leaved pelargonium, heart-leaved geranium  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.5 - 2m
Spread: 2m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
pH: neutral
Biome: Forest
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Pink
 
Purple
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  The flowers are borne in a branched inflorescence terminating in several (4-8) flowered umbel-like groups. The two upper petals of the flower are much larger than the three lower ones. The upper petals are usually pink or purple with darker purple veins. The lower petals are lighter in colour. Flowers from June to January with a peak in September (spring) .
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
 
  Leaf scent
  Aromatic
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Cordifolium refers to the heart-shaped (cordate) leaves which may be flat or curled. The uppersides of the leaves are dark green while the undersides are whitish and may feel like felt due to the presence of fine hairs. The edge of the leaf is very shallowly toothed. Each tooth has a sharp point.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Shrubby, spreading aromatic shrub with heart-shaped leaves. Reaches a height of more than 1,5 metres.
The lavender-pink flowers have dark purple veins are produced from late winter into summer with peak bloom occurring in the spring.
Growing EDIT
Grows well in full coastal sun but tolerates light and even dense shade but blooms best with bright light.
Irrigate regularly to occasionally in full sun but only requires an occasional watering in shade.

Best propagated by means of cuttings. Tip cuttings are best taken in late summer/ autumn. The base of the cutting should be just below a leaf node. Remove all the lower leaves. Dip the base of the cutting into a rooting hormone powder and plant in clear, coarse river sand. Acontainer 150 mm in depth is ideal. Place cuttings in light shade. By early spring the cuttings will be well rooted and ready to be planted out in a well-drained soil mixture.
Distribution EDIT
Occurs mainly near the coast in the southern and Eastern Cape, from the Bredasdorp area eastwards to KingWilliamstown. It usually grows in rather moist places in fynbos or at the margins of forests or even in forests.
History EDIT
The name for the genus comes from Johannes Burman (1707-1780, a Dutch physician and botanist whom Linnaeus worked for in his youth. Burman first used the name to describe some South African Geraniums in 1738. The name was derived from the Greek word 'pelargós' meaning "stork" because the seed head looks like that of a stork's beak. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'cor' (Greek 'kardia') meaning "heart" and 'folius' meaning "a leaf" in reference to the heart shape of the leaves.
Uses EDIT
Attractive garden plant, also makes a nice (large) display in a pot.
Ecology EDIT
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