Pelargonium Tongaense

The young plant Pelargonium tongaense, native to areas of Natal in South Africa is now flowering, it has up to 10 brightly coloured red flowers on each flowering stalk that can attract butterflies and other insects, it also has light green Triangular lobed leaves.

Pelargonium Quinquelobatum

The young plant of Pelargonium quinquelobatum is now coming up to flower, it has greenish blue leaves and yellowish green flowers and is native to Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. P. Tongaense is also about to flower which has red petals that attract butterflies.

 

Pelargoniums in flower

A few pelargoniums are now flowering as the more frequent spring like days & the warming rays of the sun, also some rainfall that encourages growth. Pelargonium glutinosum, P. denticulatum, P. odoratissimum and P. inquians are the first to flower, other types now have buds so should flower quite soon such as P. quercifolium, P. scabrum and P. vitifolium. Also Many birds, butterflies and other wildlife are arriving in the garden.

pelargonium curviandrum

P. curviandrum is another rare pelargonium, it is a geophyte ( remains dormant in Summer) with a woody tuber that is long or circular in form. The leaves are positioned low down and are large & oval in shape with an upright flower stem which contains white or cream flowers with purple markings on the upper petals, this plant is native to areas of the Little Karoo in the Southern Cape  mainly in mountains.

p. curviandrum

Pelargonium papilionaceum

The young plant Pelargonium papilionaceum is growing well and when mature it has beautiful flowers with large upper petals that resemble that of a butterfly and ranges in colour from light to dark pink.

The leaves are scented but often have an unpleasant smell which is used as a tobacco substitute, But makes a lovely garden plant because of it elegant flowers.

Mediterranean village

 

In mediterranean villages the use of Pelargoniums are very popular ( although not always the species kind) and are frequently found growing over balconies and in large pots, it shows how you can make your garden more attractive by adding colour and beauty to the surroundings. These pictures were taken in the villages of Spili & Mourne in Crete, Greece which have many of these colourful plants outside the churches, cafes and restaurants.

Pelargonium triste

 

Pelargonium triste now has new growth after being dormant through most of the Summer.
P. triste is a Summer deciduous tuberous plant with light green carrot like leaves and  has yellow flowers which only open at night.
This plant was the first recorded pelargonium to be taken Europe, to the botanical gardens of Leiden by the VOC and could withstand long voyages by ship.