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Photo by Panos & Stavros.

Photo by Vered A. Mann.

The flower by Mahendran Moodley,

Author:  C.L. L'Héritier de Brutelle, 1797
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  40 Centimetres
Flower:  Light Crème Coloured / Dark Purple
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Geranium lobatum, Nicolaas Laurens Burman.
Pelargonium sphondyliifolium,
Pelargonium geifolium,
Geranium bicolor,
Pelargonium bicolor,
Pelargonium heracleifolium,
Lodd. et al.
Dimacria heracleifolia, Sweet.
Geraniospermum heracleiforme,
Geraniospermum lobatum,
Pelargonium arenarium,
Pelargonium heracleifolium,
Pelargonium sphondylifolium,
Polyactium lobatum,
Eckl. & Zeyh.
Polyactium sphondylifolium,
Eckl. & Zeyh.

This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle in 1797. It is found in the winter rain areas of southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The leaves can grow up to 30 centimetres in diameter, the caudex up to 20 centimetres. The flowers are dark purple, almost black and crème coloured.

The genera name from Greek; pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the bills of storks. The species name after the loabed leaves.

This is a winter-grower.

Photo by Vered A. Mann.