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Carpet Geranium

Geranium incanum

South African cranes' bill (Eng.), Horlosies, Vrouetee, Vrouebossie, Bergtee (Afr.)

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A dense spreading ground cover that is naturally occurring along the Cape coast. It has flowers almost throughout the year, peaking in summer. Grow this pretty perennial in sunny rock gardens, along walkways or on the front of a sunny flower garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds before the pods burst open and gets blown away by the wind.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time best in Autumn and Spring. Ideal sowing depth is between 2-5 mm. The plants do self-sow with proficiency.
Cuttings
Those with darker coloured flowers, are best propagated by cuttings.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like butterflies.
Drought resistant
Moderate drought tolerance

Geography

Origin
Western and Eastern Cape provinces, South Africa
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Traditionally used as a medicinal tea for bladder, venereal disease and menstruation issues.
Edible
Herbal tea is made from the leaves.
Notes
Soft ground cover and has some traditional medicinal uses.

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
Pink, purple, mauve
Scent
None

Problems

No known pests and diseases.

Companion plants

Geranium peltatum, Helichrysum cymosum, Monsonia speciosa, Agathosma Kluitjieskraal,

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