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Pelargonium glutinosum

   (Family: Geraniaceae)
Afrikaans: Taaiblaarmalva English: Pheasant's Foot Geranium  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 1.8m
Spread: 1m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily)
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
  Flower info
  The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). Lavender flowers with dark blotches on upper petals.
Leaf texture Hairy
  Leaf scent
  Very strong oak scent.
  Leaf info EDIT
  Divided, toothed, and sticky, large mid green leaves. Rangy.
Sow seeds in Summer
  Seed info EDIT
  The seed of pelargoniums is quite interesting: attached to the elliptically shaped seed, is a feathered, tail-like structure that is coiled in a spiral. The tail allows the seed to drill and secure itself in the soil.
Description EDIT
Pelargonium glutinosum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.8 m.
The plant is balm-scented. There are glandular hairs on the stems. The stems start off soft and herbaceous, but later become woody. Flowers vary in the shades of pink of the petals.
Growing EDIT
It is relatively fast-growing, showy and long-flowering.

Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Can easily be grown from seeds and cuttings. Cuttings can be grown at any time of the year.
Pelargoniums can also be grown from seed in late summer and early autumn. Sow the seeds in a light, well-drained potting soil.
Distribution EDIT
Dry rocky places and by streams in the southern Cape and Limpopo.
History EDIT
An essential oil is obtained from the plant. It has a ladanum fragrance.
Ecology EDIT
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