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.

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pelargonium peltatum

Pelargonium peltatum is a beautiful climbing pelargonium with flowers that can vary slightly in colour & shape, the pale pink form has large upper petals with dark veins and 3 lower petals, while the other form has a more reddish purple pink with dark markings, these petals are thinner and are more elongated. These are both lovely P. peltatum forms that look great in hanging baskets & trailing through trees, they also flower more when placed in the sun, The leaves have a slight succulent appearance that are rounded & fleshy with a dark zone. Both of these are now flowering so seeds should be available soon.

Spring flowers

Many Pelargoniums are now flowering in Springtime among other lovely plants in the garden, flowers of pinks, purples, oranges and fresh green foliage all add beauty to the surroundings.  Scented pelargoniums of P. denticulatum, P. odoratissmum, P. quercifolium and Vitifolium have now started to flower.