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Geranium incanum

   (Family: Geraniaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Horlosies, Vrouetee, Bergtee English: Carpet Geranium Sotho: ngope-sethsoha, tlako  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.3m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred position:
Full Sun
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
Pink
 
Purple
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  Flowers almost all year round with a peak during the summer months.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf texture Smooth
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Finely divided leaves
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
The carpet geranium is an ideal garden plant. It spreads and forms a dense carpet approximately 300mm thick and flowers almost all year round with a peak during the summer months. It has finely divided leaves which give it a soft texture in the garden.
Growing EDIT
It can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, although it does flower better and form a tighter carpet in full sun.

Easily propagated from both seed and cuttings. Selected forms, such as those with darker coloured flowers, are best grown from cuttings. Fresh seed sown in spring or autumn is easily germinated and will produce a variety of darker and paler forms. Seed can be sown directly onto a well prepared seedling medium in trays and lightly covered. Once watering has been commenced the trays should never be allowed to dry out completely. Seedlings can be transplanted into separate containers once they are large enough to handle.
Distribution EDIT
It occurs naturally in the southwestern and eastern parts of the country where it can be found scrambling about through natural vegetation.
History EDIT
The word Geranium comes from the greek geranos which refers to a crane as the seed capsule resembles that bird. The specific name makes reference to a pale greyish-white colour possibly on the underside of the leaves.
Uses EDIT
This plant is used traditionally by both African people and Europeans to make a medicinal tea from the leaves which is used to offer relief from certain complaints such as bladder infections, venereal diseases, and conditions relating to menstruation.

Can be used very effectively on banks or as a colourful border plant, it is also very attractive when allowed to trail over retaining walls or garden pathways and steps. It is also equally useful in mixed borders, pots or hanging baskets.
Ecology EDIT
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