English: Birch-leaved Pelargonium
Excellent low-growing coastal Pelargonium covered in brilliant bright pink flowers. Happy in semi-shade or full sun. Drought tolerant but for best results water and feed with slow release 3:1:5 chemical or organic fertilizer in spring and summer and trim to shape. Good container plant, especially for windy south facing balconies.
Location: Malmesbury, Peninsula to Knysna. Coastal area dunes and thicket edge.
English: Rose-scented Pelargonium
Excellent spreading coastal plant with scented leaves and pink flowers. A very water wise and low-maintenance plant that will do well with a minimum of care. Occasional, relatively hard pruning will keep the growth neat. A pleasant herbal tea with relaxing and astringent properties can be made with the leaves. Essential stabiliser for dune revegetation projects.
Location: Saldanha, Peninsula to P.E., E. Cape.
A delightful, strongly lemon-scented shrub, usually ±1,5m high. Masses of pink flowers appear between August and January. Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil, prune and feed before flowering.
Location: Langeberg and Swartberg Mnt.
English: Heart-leaved Pelargonium
Bushy attractive Pelargoniun with large heart-shaped leaves and showy pink flowers with purple veins. Grows well in shade or sun. Prune to shape and feed with slow release 3:1:5 chemical or organic fertilizer especially in spring and summer to encourage growth and flowers.
Location: Bredasdorp to P. E.
A new selection from Kirstenbosh. This improvement on P. cordifolia has large red tinged heart-shaped leaves and stems and showy pink flowers with purple veins. Grows well in shade or sun. Prune to shape and feed with slow release 3:1:5 chemical or organic fertilizer especially in spring and summer to encourage growth and flowers.
Location: Kirstenbosh Selection
As the name implies, this Pelargonium has compact, tightly folded "crispy" leaves with a delicious lemon scent and showy bright pink flowers. An excellent addition to the garden and Pelargonium collection. Needs a sunny or dry shade, well drained position. Prune after flowering to shape and remove dead leaves often. Beautiful container plant, especially in clay pots on the stoep or patio. Feed in spring and autumn with slow release organic or 3:1:5 fertilizer to promote flowering and growth.
Location: Worcester to Bredasdorp
Strong, dense shrubs to 1m with hairy leaves and magenta flowers in spring and early summer. Easy to cultivate, an attractive and rewarding addition especially for windy coastal gardens, needs a sunny position. Prune hard to shape and feed occasionally to encourage growth and flowers.
Location: Saldanha, Peninsula to Bredasdorp.
This lovely white form of P. cucculatum is a must for every garden. Easy and worthwhile to grow, its white flowers in spring and early summer are a joy to behold. Naturally forming large, compact, rounded shrubs with large leaves. Water wise but thrives if watered well and fed librally in the winter growing season. Prune hard to shape after flowering to encourage growth and flowers in the next season.
Location: Betty's Bay area