A pelargonium worth growing in shady places in your garden.
Description Description Pelargonium papilionaceum is an erect strongly or unpleasantly scented shrub, reaching a height of 2 m. The base of the main stem is woody whereas the side branches are herbaceous and covered with long soft hairs.
The cordate heart-shaped leaves are usually about 70 mm long and mm wide. The leaf margins are finely toothed, minutely serrated saw-toothed or almost entire.
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The branched peduncles form many umbel-like heads with flowers each. The striking light pink to carmine flowers with two large upper reflexed petals and three very narrow lower ones, are borne on long and villous pedicels.
A dark purple blotch on the upper petals contrasts well with an adjacent white blotch. The fruit, a so-called schizocarp, splits into 5 separate parts or mericarps, with the basal part about 6 mm long and a tail of about 35 mm long.
Pelargonium papilionaceum flowers from August to January.
Distribution and habitat Distribution description Pelargonium papilionaceum is restricted to the southwestern and southern parts of the Western Cape and the Single flower geraniums Cape. It grows on the fringe of indigenous forests and in kloofs in half-shady places usually close to streams.
Derivation of name and historical aspects History Pelargonium papilionaceum belongs in the family Geraniaceae, a large cosmopolitan family of approximately 11 genera and species in subtropical and temperate regions of the world.
Pelargoniums are often wrongly called geraniums. Pelargonium gets its name from the resemblance of the fruit to the beak of a stork, which is pelargos in Greek. The Latin species epithet papilionaceus, butterfly-like, refers to the flower with two large upper petals, resembling a butterfly.
The Afrikaans common name "rambossie" refers to the unpleasant smell of the leaves which some describe as similar to the scent of a he-goat. The butterfly pelargonium has been in cultivation in Britain since Ecology Ecology The seeds are adapted to wind dispersal. Once they reach the ground they bore their way into the soil.
This is possible due to the corkscrew tail attached to the end of the seed. As the wind blows, so the corkscrew turns, much like a drill single flower geraniums. Uses Use It has been reported that the leaves of Pelargonium papilionaceum were used as a tobacco substitute, and it is possible that they were smoked for single flower geraniums purposes.
This flourishing ground cover produces sweet little flowers, and is not only a must have in a succulent garden, it is highly adaptable and is vital in a bee-friendly garden.