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Pelargonium tomentosum

   (Family: Geraniaceae)
   
English: Peppermint-scented pelargonium  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.1 - 0.5m
Spread: 0.5 - 2m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Semi-shade
Biome: Forest
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
White
 
Purple
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Polinator
  Bees
  Flower info
  white flowers with purple markings on the petals are borne in a much-branched inflorescence
 
 
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Hairy
 
  Leaf scent
  peppermint-scented
 
Leaf size 20 - 100mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  tomentosum refers to the leaves, which are thickly and evenly covered with short, curved, matted hairs
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
low sprawling shrub with branches spreading in all directions. The presence of soft hairs and numerous glandular hairs, lends a velvety touch to the leaves and stems.
Growing EDIT
Easily grown from cuttings rooting hormone is not needed.
Distribution EDIT
confined to mountains where it occurs naturally in semi-shaded, moist habitats, on the margins of ravine forests near streams. It grows in sandy soil derived from sandstone. But is very hardy and is not fussy when it comes to different soils.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
Wonderful with Rooiboss tea or even with coffee or hot chocolate.

All parts of the plant are astringent. The fresh leaves are used externally as a poultice for bruises and sprains.
Ecology EDIT
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