North-Western South Africa
||Mix - Grit
Pink - Purple / Dark.
Prickly-Stemmed Pelargonium, Sweetheart Pelargonium, The
Cortusina rubropurpurea, Eckl. & Zeyh.
Geraniospermum echinatum, Kuntze.
Geranium echinatum, Thunb.
Geranium notatum, Andrews.
Pelargonium hamatum, Jacq.
This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by
William Curtis in 1795. It is found
in north-western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and lots of sun. The swollen stems can grow to eight
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 30 or even 60 centimetres in
flowers are from white over pink to purple with a darker centre.
The genera name from Greek;
pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the
bills of storks. The species name
referring to the "spines" on the stems, which actually are dried
This is a winter-grower.