Pelargonium pinnatum

Pelargonium pinnatum is native to the South West Cape, South Africa and was given the name “pinnatum” because of its pinnate oblong leaves which are blue green in colour. This plant has a fairly large tuber that can grow to 3 cm in width and the flowers can vary in colour from white, cream, yellow, salmon, pink and purple, although pink is more common, each flowering stalk contains about 15 flowers.

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pelargonium rapaceum

Pelargonium rapaceum is native to a large area of the Cape Province and has flowers which are similar to a pea flower in shades of yellow or pink with red markings on the upper petals & each flowering stalk containing about 10 flowers.
It grows from a large turnip shaped tuber, sometimes containing up to seven tubers which can be edible or used as medicine, the leaves are hairy and finely divided, and was first collected during the 1700s.
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Pelargonium Lobatum

Pelargonium lobatum is growing well and when mature it has a large tuber with a rough texture resembling bark, the leaves are usually 3 lobed and are soft greyish green with dark purple flowers which are scented at night. It was introduced to Holland in the late 1600s and the name Lobatum refers to the leaf shape which contains 3+ lobes.

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