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Author: Augustin P. de Candolle, 1824
Origin:  Southern South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  25 Centimetres
Flower:  Dark Maroon - Black
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Kalwerbossie, Rabassam
Synonyms:  Cortusina sidifolia, Eckl. & Zeyh.
Geraniospermum sidifolium,
Geranium sidifolium,
Pelargonium purpurascens,
Eeden ex Hoffmanns.
Pelargonium rigidum,
H.L.Wendl. ex Hoffmanns.
Pelargonium spectabile,
Pelargonium spectabile,
By mistake: Pelargonium sidioides

This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle in 1824. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in summertime in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the whole plant up to 25 centimetres in height. The flowers are from dark maroon to almost black.

The genera name from Greek; pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the bills of storks. The species name mean resemblance of Sida rhombifolia.

Photo by Judd, Kirkel Welwisch,