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Pelargonium sidoides


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Plant type

Tender perennial

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Plant details

This pelargonium from South Africa forms a rosette of grey hairy leaves that resemble herbaceous geraniums. Reddish-purple, almost black, flowers are produced on long stems between spring and late summer. It needs protection in winter. Propagate new plants from basal cuttings or seeds in spring.

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Pelargonium

Species: sidoides

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Time to take cuttings: April to May

Flowering period: June to September

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