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Ivy-leaved Pelargonium

Pelargonium peltatum

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The Ivy-leaved Pelargonium is a water-wise, succulent-like climber with dark green ivy-shaped leaves and showy, attractive flowers. This attractive plant naturally occurs along the coastal areas of South Africa's Western and Eastern Cape as a succulent shrub. This plant is used extensively in horticulture as hanging baskets and garden plants, being both ornamental and traditionally medicinal.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the leaves just before winter, make sure they are not wet when harvesting. These are not cutting-flowers, so there is almost no use in harvesting flowers except for medicinal use.

Propagation

Seed
Seed can be sown in a well-drained soil mix. Sowing time is in Autumn. Sow 2-3mm deep. Germination time is 3-4 weeks.
Cuttings
Semi-mature stem cuttings are taken from young healthy growth and placed in rooting hormone. These are placed in a propagation tray and keep moist. Rooting takes place in 4 weeks.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Insects such as butterflies and Carpenter bees visit the flowers.
Pot plant
Can be grown in window boxes or various containers given sufficient drainage holes.
Drought resistant
This water-wise plant is very drought tolerant once established.
Attractive flowers
The showy flowers has two rounded upper petals, three narrower lobes below.
Attractive leaves
This plant is characterized by its ivy-shaped leaves trailing through other trees and shrubs in its habitat.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Western and Eastern Cape.
Natural climate
Coastal regions, Semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The plant's sour sap is used traditionally to treat sore throats. The leaves are thirst quenching and is used as an antiseptic for scratches, wounds, grazes and minor burns.
Notes
Used extensively in horticulture as hanging baskets and garden plants.

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
Pink, pale pink, mauve, red and white.
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include caterpillars, whiteflies and aphids. Diseases include fungal infections, oedema, stem and root rot.

Companion plants

Scabbiosa incana, Helichrysum sp (groundcover). Myrsine africana, Chasmanthus sp,

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