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A rather young plant by Vered A. Mann.

A older young plant. Photo by Vered A. Mann.

Author: Johann Christoph Wendland, 1798
Origin:  Cape Province; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  50 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Geraniospermum alternan, Kuntze.
Geranium alternans,
Pelargonium alternans
subsp. longicalcar, M.Becker & F.Albers.
Pelargonium alternans
subsp. parviinflorescens, M.Becker & F.Albers.

This member of the Geraniaceae family was first described by Johann Christoph Wendland in 1798. It is found in the southern part of South Africa, grows in well-drained soil with some water and some sun. The stems will grow to three centimetres in diameter, the whole plant can reach 50 centimetres height. The flowers are white, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.

The genera name from Greek; pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the bills of storks. The species name from Latin, meaning 'alternating' for the alternately arranged leaflets of the leaves.

The flowers by Vered A. Mann.