Pelargonium exstipulatum

Pelargonium exstipulatum is an attractive woody shrub with aromatic pungent slightly rhomboid velvety grey green leaves, each flowering stalk contains 1-5 flowers which are pale pink to purple pink in colour with darker markings on the upper petals, the lower petals tend to be more spread out and spoon like in shape. The name exstipulatum is derived from the Latin word ex (without) and Stipula (stipule) meaning “without stipules” (without a  leaflike appendage between a stem and a petiole).

This plant is native to sandy rocky areas of the Southern Cape, Klein Karoo which has winter rainfall without frost and was also grown by the Countess of Strathmore during the Late 1700s.