Pelargonium is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 200 species of perennials, succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as geraniums (in the United States also storksbills). Confusingly, Geranium is the correct botanical name of a separate genus of related plants often called cranesbills or hardy geraniums. Both genera belong to the family Geraniaceae. Pelargonium species are evergreen perennials indigenous to Southern Africa, and are drought and heat tolerant, but can tolerate only minor frosts. They are extremely popular garden plants, grown as bedding plants in temperate regions.
A tuberous plant from the South West Cape of South Africa, from Picketburg to the District of George, growing along sandy coastal flats to 150 kms inland in fynbos. This is a woody, tuberous plant, with enormous leaves (up to 30cms across) almost entirely covered with a soft, dense velvety hair. Sweetly scented at night (for pollination by moths). It flowers from September to November. The name refers to its leaf shape.
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