Pelargonium abrotanifolium (L.f.) Jacq.

Southernwood-leaved Pelargonium

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Pelargonium

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 8 to 10

Size: To 2' tall

Exposure: Sun


Leaves small, grey-green, deeply cut, fragrant. Flowers white or light pink, red to purple markings on the two upper petals. Erect form. Well-drained soil.

From Bot. Repos. (Geranium incisum) It is a low growing plant, seldom exceeding eight or nine inches in height, keeping very compact; but is subject to damp in the leaves, if kept moist in winter, though otherwise pretty hardy... It is readily propagated by cuttings, or seeds, and continues to flower all the summer months; requiring light rich earth to make it flourish.


Published in Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 2: 6 t. 136 in 1797.

Basionym Geranium abrotanifolium L.f.

Synonyms Geranium incisum Andrews, Pelargonium incisum Willd.

Native to South Africa.

From Bot. Repos. (Geranium incisum) This pretty species of Geranium, from the Cape of Good Hope, is one of those having seven fertile tips; therefore a Pelargonium of Mons. L'Heritier.


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