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) .
Bark / Stem type
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attractive garden plant, also makes a nice (large) display in a pot.
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