Plant Search
Register   |   Forgotten Password
  A - Z of Plants |   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z |  

Pelargonium sidoides

   (Family: Geraniaceae)
Afrikaans: Kalwerbossie  EDIT
Add photo >>
Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.1 - 0.3m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Flowering time EDIT
x                 x x x
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower info
  The distinctive dark, reddish-purple (almost black) flowers are present almost throughout the year
Leaf texture Hairy
  Leaf scent
  mildly aromatic
  Leaf info EDIT
Fruit type EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Pelargonium sidoides forms a rosette-like plant with crowded leaves.
Growing EDIT
This plant is easily propagated from seed or by means of basal cuttings in autumn (March to May). The cuttings should be prepared and the base dipped in a rooting hormone and then be placed in containers with coarse riversand which has been pre-watered with a fungicide. The containers with cuttings should then be placed in cold-frames to root. If plants are kept in glasshouses, yellow sticky traps should be placed strategically to combat white-fly.
Distribution EDIT
t occurs throughout the eastern Cape, Lesotho, Free State and southern and south-western Gauteng in the Republic of South Africa. It usually grows in short grassland and sometimes with occasional shrubs and trees on stony soil varying from sand to clay-loam, shale or basalt. P. sidoides is found at altitudes ranging from near sea level to 2300m in Lesotho. It is found in areas which receive rainfall in summer (November to March) varying from 200 - 800mm per annum.
History EDIT
Pelargonium sidoides Umckaloabo is a medicinal plant native to South Africa. Derivative inexpensive cold and flu medicines of various brands are widely available under the Umcka ("Umca" in Turkey) name.
Ecology EDIT
Member Comments
** Login to keep a record of your comments in your profile and show your alias with your comment. Membership is FREE.
Have your say
Your comment:
* Comments will only be visible once they have been moderated.
Most read Most commented
  •  Mushroom: Pleurotus ostreatus  
  •  News: Fish talk to each other.  
  •  Mushroom: Pycnoporus sanguineus  
  •  Mushroom: Pycnoporus cinnabarinus  
  •  Mushroom: Pluteus semibulbosus  
    Developed by: 72tec