P. schlechteri

P.schlechteri is a beautiful pelargonium with an inflorescence of bio coloured mauve,maroon or purple flowers edged with beige or white. The leaves are ovate in shape,thicker at the base with a leathery texture.

It is believed that this plant was named after the botanist and taxonomist Rudolf Schechter who collected plants during his expedition to Africa from 1891 and later to Indonesia & Australia, Rudolf is said to have discovered 1000 species of orchids and wrote many books on botany.

Pelargonium schlechteri is native to South Africa in North Drakensberg, Kwazulu Natal, Mpumlanga and the Eastern Cape where it grows in high altitudes, close to streams or among large rocks.

p.schlechteri

Butterfly pelargonium

fotolia-butterfly-peli

Pelargonium papilionaceum meaning butterfly because of its large beautiful & elegant pink flowers that resemble a butterfly in appearance with purple markings in the center.
It grows to about 2 meters with heart shaped shallow lobed leaves that are scented but can have a strong and unpleasant fragrance, although the lovely flowers makes up for this, Each flowering stork contains 5-10 flowers. P. papilionaceum has been grown in cultivation since the 1700s and the leaves are also used as a substitute for tobacco. It is native to areas on the edge of forests in the South Western and Southern Cape.

Pelargonium pelatum

succulent flower

Pelargonium pelatum has beautiful pale pink slightly crinkled flowers with fleshy ivy shaped leaves,
This plant grows well in hanging baskets or on a pot on a table outside in summer.
These plants are now flowering well here in Crete and like to grow in sunny areas.