Pelargonium incarnatum

P. incarnatum is an unusual and attractive plant that has more of the appearance of a Geranium or Erodum because of its symmetric petals but it is in fact classified as a pelargonium, It is a bit of a mystery as it is the only Erodum type to be found South of the Equator and it is believed to be a hybrid between Erodum incarnatum and Pelargonium patulium.

The flowers are light pink with darker red in the centre and zoned circles of white and dark pink, it is a spreading plant which grows to 20 cm in height. The leaves are 3 lobed and irregular toothed, this plant is native to mountainous areas of the Western Cape usually among rocky sand stones.

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Butterfly pelargonium

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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.